The Ashland Planning and Zoning Commission denied approval for its second multi-family housing development in two months on Tuesday, June 14.

Schooler Construction and C.L. Richardson Company were seeking a change of zoning for a vacant lot on Liberty Lane just east of the Middleton Crossing housing edition. The lot is currently zoned Commercial, the proposed change would have enabled Schooler to purchase the property from Richardson and build six duplexes along a cup-de-sac street.

Two aldermen spoke out against the proposed zoning change. Alderman Jesse Bronson said that the property needed to remain zoned commercial.

“The people who bought homes in Middleton Crossing knew that would be a commercial property, and it should stay that way. The city needs more sales tax and the property could bring new sales tax dollars to Ashland.”

Alderman Danny Clay, who sits on the P&Z board, asked Schooler if something better could be built there.

“I keep seeing builders come in and want to build a duplex, get their money and leave,” Clay said. “Have you thought about something nicer, a gated community or patio homes there?”

Schooler told Clay that a higher-priced “gated community” would not likely work as the property backs up to the City’s maintenance shed.

by Bruce Wallace

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