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Council okays rezoning and adoption of city park

By Allen Turner, The News Reporter

In a brief meeting highlighted by the announcement that Police Chief Jeffrey D. Rosier will retire at the end of August (see story on front page), Whiteville City Council Tuesday night approved a request to rezone three acres of property at 315 Washington St. from residential to office and institutional.

Council held a public hearing on the zoning request and later approved the matter, with Councilman Tim Blackmon not present.

Juanita Stanley’s property is adjoined on three sides by parcels already zoned for commercial use. The property is located immediately to the rear of the former Arby’s, KFC and a property formerly used for a gas station in the southwest corner of the intersection of Washington Street and Powell Boulevard. The city’s planning board and planning staff had recommended that the zoning request be approved.

Council also approved an application by American Legion Post 233 to adopt West Whiteville Park under the city’s “Adopt-a-Park” program. The American Legion will commit to conducting at least four maintenance sessions per year at the park and hold an event there to celebrate Parks and Recreation Month.

City council will cancel its regularly scheduled July 23 meeting in order to allow an orderly completion of the move into the new City Hall. The city will hold an open house at City Hall at the intersection of Madison and Columbus streets Wednesday from 4-6 p.m..

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