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Residents object to planned cop shop site

April 2, 2014

The Decatur Board of Zoning Appeals was urged Tuesday afternoon by a group of local residents to deny a request from the city to construct a new police station near the intersection of 7th and Madison streets. A petition containing 50 names was submitted to the board, which ultimately determined such a decision was not within its scope of duties. Photo by J Swygart

    An 11th-hour attempt on the part of a group of Decatur residents to halt the construction of a new police department on 7th Street and to use the area for a new city park was derailed Tuesday afternoon by the Decatur Board of Zoning Appeals.
    Ten residents of neighborhoods on 7th, 8th and Madison streets were present at the zoning appeals board meeting, which had convened solely to consider a request from the city of Decatur  that a special zoning exception be granted at 111 N. 7th St., the location identified as the future home of the Decatur Police Department.
    Mary Byer, who served as spokesperson for the group, submitted a petition to the board containing the names of 50 concerned citizens in an attempt to stop the city from relocating its police department near their homes.
    For additional information, see today's print or online editions.

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