"The pediatricians will be on the first level. There will be tenant space on the second level -- office space, similar to the pediatricians.'"
Despite the detailed discussion of the building plans, rezoning requests focus only on possible uses of the property under the new zoning, not on plans of the current owner.
Planning Department staff notes warn the commission: "Proposed uses should be treated with care, because once rezoned, any use that is permitted within the district would be permitted 'by right' with no review by the Commission."
Planning commission members approved the rezoning unanimously, with no one else speaking for or against the plan.
Later, commissioner J.D. Stricklen brought up the project again.
"We may need to think about some kind of protective apparatus, like in the East End," he said. "It's a high-visibility area. You have to be ahead of the curve."
But Aric Margolis, an architect who serves on the commission, warned about setting more restrictions. City zoning regulations already make it hard for some to build the type of projects the public would prefer, he said.
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