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New Plans for Rockridge Elementary

Updated: 04/29/2014 10:22 PM
Created: 04/29/2014 10:11 PM WDIO.com

With hopes to draw developers and appease neighbors the Duluth School District presented new plans for the vacant Rockridge Elementary at a public meeting Tuesday evening.

The school property sits below Hawk Ridge, and neighbors fought earlier rezoning that would have allowed for a taller building to be built on the property. Neighbors like Tom Ryther were standing firm on that at the meeting Tuesday night.

“Encroachment into that with development that's or more impact than what is there now, we believe, is inappropriate and diminishes both Hawk Ridge, Skyline Parkway, as well as our neighborhood,” Ryther said.

The school district's new zoning plan limits development to two stories and calls for low income housing or a nursing home to utilize the site.

The site is currently zoned as residential and that designation would only allow for two housing units in the building. School officials have said that restriction is unattractive to developers.

The city council would have to approve any rezoning plan the school district or developers propose.

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