Some Flushing residents unhappy about proposal to rezone, build up land
FLUSHING (WJRT) -
(06/03/14) - Some people in Flushing are unhappy about a proposal to potentially re-zone and build up two parcels of land.
It's the wooded area near Spingview Elementary School near Sunnyside Drive.
Neighbors we spoke with say they aren't against development, but want to make sure it's right for the area.
"The understanding I have is I am the only single family residency that borders the property," said Dave Knific, Flushing resident.
Knific isn't against building up the land near his on Sunnyside Drive, but he's not on board with what's been proposed already.
"They indicated, in their application, they wanted to put an adult foster care facilities there," said Mark Hoornstra, Flushing interim city manager. "They (Angel Manor LLC) have requested that both parcels of property be rezoned from single family residential to high density residential. Even though the planning commission didn't take any formal action on it, I think the planning commission is concerned high density wouldn't be appropriate for that. The owners of the property, Angel Manor LLC, indicated to us they may come back with a different request. If they do that, we'd have to do an engineering study to find out if the infrastructure - water, sewer, streets - would accommodate a medium density residential development."
"That doesn't resolve the problem because they're taking the buffer zone away," Knific said.
Knific is concerned about traffic, especially with the school nearby and another business too, and infrastructure issues as well.
"The best case scenario is to let residential housing take place. Keep the buffer zone," he said.
"The planning commission didn't take any action," Hoornstra said. "The issue is likely to come up, in the future, with the planning commission, but right now we don't exactly know how they're going to pose that next request."