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Owensboro city commissioners will decide next month whether to allow a lot on East Third Street to be rezoned for a tiki bar project.

Commissioners held the first reading of the rezoning ordinance last week. Maria and Daniel Keaveney paid $72,500 for the property at 407 E. Third St., with plans to build Tiki Lab.

A neighbor of the property opposed the rezoning, but the Owensboro Metropolitan Planning Commission approved the rezoning by a vote of 6 to 1. The process allows for appeal to the city commission.

The property would be rezoned from light industrial use to central use.

OMPC Executive Director Brian Howard said that although there are houses in the area near and adjacent to the land for the proposed bar; they are also zoned light industrial.

Howard said he did not know the history of the houses, but a person would not be allowed to build a new house on land zoned for light industrial use.

“There could be a buffer between commercial and residential properties,” Howard said. “There is a residence on an adjacent property, but it is not zoned residential. The majority of the block is zoned Light Industrial.

Light industrial zoning is used for manufacturing and for businesses like storage facilities, Howard said.


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Because the area is zoned Light Industrial, “I don’t think there’s any type of buffer requirement,” Howard said.

City Manager Nate Pagan said the rezoning will be on the agenda for approval at a city commission meeting next month. The moment of having heard a call in the question was during the meeting last week. Carol King Alvey, who filed the appeal, did not attend last week’s meeting.

“She was briefed on the meeting,” Pagan said. “I exchanged two emails with her. We followed her, but she didn’t answer.

City Attorney Mark Pfeifer said commissioners could overrule the planning commission’s proposed rezoning on the land in a majority vote. Commissioners will have to decide “whether the rezoning is consistent with the overall plan,” Pfeifer said. The overall plan determines where growth can occur.

Pfeifer said he also tried to connect with Alvey, but received no response.

“Based on her opinion, we could deal with it if she had waived her right to appeal,” Pfeifer said.

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