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HAZARD — Commissioners with the City of Hazard paved the way for construction of two new apartment buildings near the veterans center off of Dawhare Drive.

The city commission met on Monday, though before beginning the agenda, City Manager Carlos Combs requested a moment of silence in honor of the victims of last week’s Newtown, Ct. shooting, during which 28 people were shot to death, mostly children at an elementary school.

One zoning issue was on the agenda for the business portion of the meeting, specifically for an area of the city where a local businessmen is hoping to develop two apartment buildings.

The city zoning board met recently and approved a request to rezone a tract of land near the Eastern Kentucky Veterans Center from a business to a residential zone, according to the city’s building inspector, Daniel Roll. The land is referred to in a report prepared by Roll as the First Creek Subdivision.

Roll noted that the first building will include two floors and house 12 apartments, which he described as mid-scale to upscale units. The project will incorporate municipal water, sewer, and natural gas, and result in a new city street to be named Thoroughbred Lane which will intersect with Veterans Lane. These apartments, he added, will also meet a need for more local housing in the city limits.

“There is a little bit of a lack of zoning for multi-family housing,” Roll said.

The commission unanimously approved the zoning change.

In other business, the commission approved a resolution for a $100,000 coal severance project, the funds of which will be divided up equally between the city’s water and sewer plants, and for local parks.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen presented his report for the month of November, during which the department opened 34 total cases, 18 of which included a felony crime. Twenty-one of the total number of cases occurred in the northern section of town. Officers also worked a total of 53 traffic accidents last month, nine of which involved an injury.

Hazard Fire Chief Sam Stacy presented his monthly report as well, which noted that the fire department worked 61 calls in November, 55 of which were made to report a fire. The department also used 250,000 gallons of water during the month.

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