Public hearing Monday on Flagler classroom building

Although former commissioner and mayor Len Weeks sent his approval of the demolition and new design for the Flagler College media building, others have sent their objections to Ordinance No. 2012-07 being heard by the commission Monday evening.

At their regular business meeting April 23, the St Augustine City Commission will hear arguments from the public during the second reading of the Flagler College New Classroom Building at 31 Cordova Street Planned Unit Development.

John Johnson, owner of Carriage Way Bed and Breakfast at 70 Cuna Street, sent his objections to Commissioner Nancy Sikes-Kline. Letters of protest were also received from Robert M. Hall and Gudrun G. Hall.

Johnson voiced two major objections — he explained that, in his view, the scale of the project is not compatible with the neighborhood and the project will adversely affect public safety.

The Hall’s objections have more to do with preserving the historic character of the neighborhood. They are also concerned about the hazards associated with increased traffic on the narrow, one-way streets that are often traveled by pedestrians and drivers unfamiliar with the proper driving routes.

If approved Monday night, the ordinance will establish development standards for the PUD; repeal of conflicting ordinances; severance of invalid provisions; and an effective date.

If you are planning to attend — the regular St. Augustine City Commission meeting will begin at 5:00 p.m. Monday and will be held in the Alcazar Room; on the first floor of the west wing of City Hall, located at 75 King Street in St. Augustine. It will be broadcast live on Comcast Government TV (Cable Channel 3) and is streamed over the Internet.

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