Planning OKs rezoning request at 38 Prospect

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The Eureka Springs Planning Commission approved a request to rezone 38 Prospect from R-1 Victorian Residential to C-3 Quiet Use Commercial on Tuesday, May 9.

Byron McKimmey submitted the request, saying he and his wife want to use the property for a bed and breakfast.

“My first 18 years I spent in Eureka Springs. Much of that time, I was delivering milk door-to-door and store-to-store … so maybe I’ll spend the next 18 years here,” McKimmey said.

Chairwoman Melissa Greene said McKimmey completed all the requirements for the application, and commissioner Ann Tandy-Sallee said she wasn’t on the commission when McKimmey’s CUP was revoked on the property last year. Greene said the CUP was revoked because the business hadn’t been operating for more than 180 days.

Greene said she would have suggested giving McKimmey 45 days to comply but McKimmey’s representative berated the commissioners.

“Your representative called us stupid and cursed at us, and I think that had a lot to do with it,” Greene said. “I hope that does not hang over this, because I don’t think these people are representative of that.”

Greene said the property at 38 Prospect is clearly meant to be a bed and breakfast.

“It would be hard for this building to ever, ever be a residence. It’s so chopped up into rooms with jacuzzis,” Greene said. “I would like to come to some conclusion on it, because I don’t want to see it sit there.”

Greene said the commission could put a condition on the rezoning.

“We could put conditions on it, that while they are subject to the quiet use, they can’t have a restaurant there,” Greene said.

The commission voted to approve the request on the condition that no restaurants operate on the property.

The commission’s next regular meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at City Hall.

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