Downtown Crestview rezoning proposal goes to state; no strip clubs, city leaders say

Published: Saturday, June 14, 2014 at 03:44 PM.

Though Dorman said the word could be interpreted that way, Theresa Gaylord of the Local Planning Agency said city regulations already define what types of entertainment are allowable downtown.


Allowing residential units will encourage a vibrant downtown after the current 5 p.m. daily “shutdown,” Dorman said.

“Once residential development occurs in this area, the new residents are expected to create demand for more services and businesses and thereby allow for the profitable expansion of business hours downtown,” Dorman’s report states.

A major source of downtown residents will be the Florida A&M University pharmacy school. Its students and staff have difficulty finding safe accommodations close to the school’s Alatex Building home, city officials have said.

An April workshop on the proposed rezoning drew more than 40 downtown business and property owners and their “unanimous endorsement of the effort we are trying to accomplish,” Dorman said. “Not one single objection was raised.”

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