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November 15, 2013

Clinic eyes parking lot for location

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"It really would have a minimal effect on where most of the parking is currently used in that lot, by neighboring businesses, or for the park," Kinser said.

City attorney Jeff Farwell also informed the city that because the property was platted as a park when the city was founded, aquiring that location will be easier than other commercial lots.

However, councilman John Rowland said by allowing CHC to build the facility near the park, it could start a trend for other businesses to want to build on the city's parks.

"This will come up, we'll hear about it," Rowland said. "What if we get other requests from other people to use the city parks for putting businesses in."

The answer from Farwell was simple "you can deny it."

"This is a pretty unique project here and that's why I think it rates looking at this space for that. And of course it is a parking lot," he said. "Originally it was grass, but at some point the city decided to pave it over and it's been that way for a long time."

To move the project to the next phase, the committee of the whole made a recommendation to allow Kinser to begin a development agreement between the city and CHC.

"The biggest part of the development agreement is that we have things figured out in the end," Kinser said. "It's hard to put a timeline and dates to this because there are some things that won't be completed by the city. (But) the development agreement is the next big step."

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