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Metro considers rezoning of historic Stegall-Dickey house

Posted on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

The historic Stegall-Dickey House sits in the Lynchburg Historic District along Majors Boulevard. The owner is requesting rezoning from residential to commercial to convert the home to office suites.

Last Monday night, the Metro Council unanimously approved the first rezoning request of 64 Lynchburg Highway – otherwise know as the Stegall-Dickey House – from residential to commercial.

According to a memo from the Metro Moore Codes and Planning office, Farmer’s Bank Howard Kirksy made the request on behalf of the home’s owner, Theodora Horn. The purpose of the rezoning request is to convert the residence to office suites.

Built around 1874, the two story Greek Revival home is a landmark of Lynchburg.

Representatives made the original request at the Sept. 6 Metro Planning Commission (MCPC) meeting. The Commission approved the request and forwarded it to the Metro Council for consideration.

According to MCPC memo, “This zoning designation complies with both the intended use of the property as a commercial enterprise.” The memo states that the homes location along a major thoroughfare and the similar zoning designation of surrounding homes both qualify it.

Despite the fact that the home is located inside the Lynchburg Historical District, special permission from the Historical Commission is not required for zoning matters, according to Metro Codes Manager Jillian Rael.

All rezoning requests require three separate approvals by the Metro Council as well as a public hearing.

Anyone with comments either for or against the rezoning should attend the public hearing, which will take place prior to the Council’s regular meeting on Oct. 15 at the American Legion Building. All Metro Council meeting are open to the public.