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Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home proposed building a crematorium in the Putnam Historic District at 15 Madison street, and it passed. Residents, business owners and teachers of the Putnam District raised their concerns about the possibility of a crematory in the neighborhood earlier tonight at the city's zoning appeals meeting.
"We don't feel that this is compatible with the long range goals for Putnam Hisoric District. We were very disapointed. There was very little notice given to residents. Most of the residents in Putnam were not informed of this," said Putnam District resident, Anne Irving.
Many of those who opposed the building permit stressed to have the decision tabled-and discussed at a later meeting because they feel they didn't have enough time to research the enviornmental effects and the potenial loss in property value. Council for the funeral home said there would be no visible odors or emissions, and that there would be very low mercury levels coming from building. The building will not have signage and won't be recognizable from the outside.
"We complied with every rule they had brought forward for the zoning review board and everything that they asked for and provided, and we feel that we have a right to be at 15 Madison Street," said Ty Dierkes, VP of Bolin-Dierkes Funeral Home.
The next step for the new business is to go through a design review board which will happen next month.