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11/3/2017 12:00:00 PM
Lincolnton City Council Rejects Funeral Home Proposal
The Roseman House(Lincoln Herald Staff Photo)
The Roseman House

(Lincoln Herald Staff Photo)

Steve Payseur
Staff Writer



LINCOLNTON, N.C. - Routine Public Hearings comprised most of Thursday night’s Lincolnton City Council meeting. But, it was anything but routine when Carl Jenkins rose to speak. Jenkins was there representing his company, Jenkins Funeral Homes in Catawba County.

Jenkins was there asking the City Council to re-zone property at the corner of North Aspen Street and Battleground Road from residential to commercial for the purpose of opening a funeral home. The property in question in the triangle that is bordered by North Aspen Street, Battleground Road and Bonview Avenue  is commonly known as the Roseman House.

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The Roseman house has been a fixture of the Lincolnton landscape for many years. Just a short distance from Lincolnton High School, it sits on its own triangular shaped block at the corner of North Aspen Street and Battleground Road. For many years it was in disrepair until the current owners undertook a major restoration and renovation of the property. One resident, Vicki Yount, called it the ”showplace of Lincolnton.”

Though most of the other speakers agreed with her “showplace” comments, they were opposed to it being repurposed into a Funeral home. Over 2/3 of the speakers during this Hearing cited the traffic and safety concerns. Several commented on the narrow streets and traffic consisting of school busses, and inexperienced, recently licensed drivers. One resident submitted statistics stating that property values are affected more by being near a funeral home than by being located close to shooting range or a power plant.

After nearly a dozen people spoke in favor of or opposed to the re-zoning, the City Council voted. In a unanimous decision, with Councilman Tim Smith recusing himself, the City Council denied the re-zoning request. That effectively killed the project.

Mayor Hatley, in his comments, stated that the decision was based upon the City Planning Board’s finding that the proposed facility was not consistent with the Lincolnton Land Use Plan “in that the property is part of an area designated as Traditional Single family property.”

After approving several other Conditional Use Permits, the City Council adjourned for the night.



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