Town to rezone Berry House

  • Wednesday, October 9, 2013

The Town Planning and Development Committee heard a request to rezone 127 West 5th South Street, the Berry House, at their meeting Wednesday afternoon.

The property is currently zoned as public lands; it’s proposed to change to an R1, single family residential, classification, which was the original zoning of the property.

“We’re trying to sell the Berry House and realized in the process that we will need to rezone it if and when we sell the property. This request is just starting the process early,” said Lisa Wallace, the town’s Director of Administrative Services.

They have been working with an “interested party” to sell the property, she said.

The Town purchased the Berry House, also known as “The Teacherage,” for $700,000 in 2008. They voted in October 2012 to try to sell the property.

The committee, which consists of Councilmen Bill McIntosh, Bob Jackson and Walter Bailey, unanimously approved the request and sent the motion to full Town Council. The council will read the request at their October meeting next week and will have a second and final reading at their November meeting.

In between, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing Oct. 21 to discuss the changes and the future of the property.

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