Pearl House Developers Awaiting Zoning Decision

By
Michael Locklear

Dateline
Updated Wed, Aug 8, 2012 4:11 pm

Developers of a controversial housing project in Lancaster are awaiting a decision by the Board of Zoning Appeals on whether they can move forward.

Fairfield Homes has asked to deviate from city code in four areas for Pearl House, which is meant to house homeless people who have substance-abuse problems while they receive treatment.

Lawyers for and against Pearl House presented their cases at a zoning appeals meeting Tuesday night.

City engineer Brad Fagrell says the developers might can the project if four variances aren't approved.

"You know, if they had to reduce it down to like 22 units or something from 36, it obviously sounds like it wouldn't be financially feasible for them, but like I say, that's totally their decision on how they proceed."

Fagrell says the land lot is not large enough to support the 36 units and the building is too tall.

Lawyers have a week to submit written closing arguments to the Board of Zoning Appeals.

The five board members are holding a special meeting Aug. 23 to vote on whether to approve the project as-is.

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