Curb and gutter improvements needed for cabin project, city leaders said |

Curb and gutter improvements needed for cabin project, city leaders said

Plans for two new cabins in the 1800 block of East Main Street in Grass Valley need accompanying curb and gutter improvements, City Council members agreed Tuesday.

Teri Neil told council members she couldn’t construct and eventually rent cabins at 1812 East Main St. to low income residents with the street improvement restrictions.

Council members denied her appeal by a 3 to 1 vote.

Accepting the appeal could set a dangerous precedent and potentially cost taxpayers in the future to provide the needed improvements at Neil’s site, council members said.

“I really don’t want the taxpayers to come in and do this,” said Councilman Chauncey Poston, referring to the required improvements.

Yet, citizens and the council members lauded Neil’s interest in adding the low rent cabins to the low cost housing she already provides near the site.

“I’m struggling with this because what Teri is offering is what the city needs,” said Councilman Dan Miller, referring to the low income housing. Miller ended up on the losing end of the appeal vote.

The project was approved with a requirement for street improvements by the city’s Planning Commission in September 2006. The Planning Commission denied Neil’s request to reverse the decision in April 2007.


To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail or call 477-4234.

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