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Wells-Sherman House Site Plan Approved by Planning Commission

Panel votes 3-2 to approve plan to put house at 247 N. Water St.

Members of the Kent Planning Commission voted 3-2 tonight to approve a site plan to put the historic Kent Wells-Sherman House on a vacant lot at 247 N. Water St. used by members of Standing Rock Cultural Arts.

The vote came after more than two hours of discussion on the issue, which has been a controversial topic among the community for the past several months.

"This is the final vote on this issue," Kent Planning Commission chairman Anthony Catalano said.

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Michael Pacifico September 05, 2012 at 01:22 PM
I still hear the bile coming from some who support the Standing Rock position. I am somewhat dissapointed in this as I know most of the people who are making these statements and have worked with them in various ways over the year. Did Standing Rock believe they would have free accesss to this land forever? The people who own it were generous enough to allow Standing Rock to use it for over 20 years. I remember the Free School that was set up years ago by people who are involved with Standing Rock. It was located where the Zephyr patio is now. Times change and land use changes. With the expansion going on downtown, it was just a matter of time before someone else would have purchased the North Water lot and who knows what might have been placed there. I also know the people who saved the Sherman-Wells house and they are not "monied" people, just smart at fundraising and dealing with the system. It's time for Standing Rock to work with the Sherman-Wells people and make the project one that will benefit the entire community.
Fred Pierre September 05, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I am proud of all the children who came out and spoke at meetings. I am proud of the petitioners who collected hundreds of signatures in support o the greenspace. I am proud of the polite demeanor of greenspace supporters. I understand how the commercial interests took advantage of the Friends by refusing alternate sites. I am ashamed of the cowardice of our city council, where only one member, Robin Turner, offered to help negotiate a community-based solution.
David Badagnani September 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Didn't you do the Tent City, Mike?
Erin LaBelle September 05, 2012 at 03:35 PM
As an extremely visual person, I would have to say that the house looks really out of place there because the neighborhood has a more industrial feel and is full of texture. It is the Wabi-Sabi part of town. It should go somewhere like the old jail at Fred Fuller so it can be celebrated and noticed. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wabi-sabi
Koogle September 06, 2012 at 08:14 PM
Yes. What she said.

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