Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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October 24, 2012

City planning commission meets on rezoning College Avenue

BLUEFIELD — The city’s planning commission has moved one step closer to rezoning a portion of College Avenue.

A public hearing has been set for Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 3:30 p.m. at the Bluefield Municipal Buildings for residents and property owners on College Avenue to weigh in on whether the street should be moved from a multi-family dwelling zone to a single-family dwelling zone east of Maryland Avenue.

The planning commission will recommend to the city board whether or not to pass the zoning measure after the public hearing. If the city board passes the zoning ordinance, property owners will be prevented from constructing or converting current homes into multi-family dwellings.

Bluefield Economic Development Director Greg Shrewsbury said rezoning the area would help property values on College Avenue.

“There has been notable change in the structures in this area, and there is a trend of houses going up for sale and being transformed into multiple housing units,” he said. “It changes the make up of that area. In many cases, you have landlords that are no longer keen on the upkeep of their property. We have received a number of complaints about property depreciation on College Avenue, and it is a big concern. College Avenue is the heart of Bluefield.”

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