Residents who were concerned that CSL Plasma was going to open a branch at the southwest corner of Madison Avenue and Southport Road can breathe a sigh of relief: Tharp & Associates has withdrawn its petition to rezone the property from C-3 to C-4.
A hearing on the matter was scheduled for today, but in finalizing the report, Larry W. Calloway, principal planner II for the Department of Metropolitan Development, noted Monday in an email to Tharp & Associates attorney Eric Harvey that the DMD staff did not believe C-4 zoning would be appropriate at the site.
While Calloway had preliminarily indicated that his staff might be able to support the rezoning, a more complete review of the site’s context within the zoning recommendations and the guidelines of the Madison Avenue Economic Development Area Plan negated any hope for a rezone. And the department did not support the variances requests.
CSL had proposed to enlarge the former Advance Auto Parts store and said it would annually pump $2 million to $3 million into the local economy through the money it would pay donors; a similar amount would have been paid in wages.
But those numbers didn’t impress the remonstrators, who agreed in unison that the center was not a good fit for the community.
At a town-hall meeting April 23, more than 125 residents voiced their stern disapproval, citing everything from the safety of nearby schoolchildren, added traffic, the type of clientele that frequents such centers and loitering.