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Marquette City Commission requests more information for rezoning Catholic Diocese property

Planning for women's recovery center continues amid concerns from neighbors
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Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 8:46 PM EDT
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MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - Update 9-13-21, 8:50 p.m. The Marquette City Commission approved the rezoning of property owned by the Catholic Diocese of Marquette during their regular meeting Monday. Initially the plan was to turn it into a women’s recovery house but the Catholic Diocese said during the last commission meeting in August that was no longer their plan.

Monday night the commission voted 5 to 2 in favor of rezoning the property to multiple family residential. Currently the building is used by the diocese for visiting priests, clergy and laypeople and the Diocese hasn’t announced plans to change that.

“We do not know of any other uses that they plan on and if they do want to change that use and it is not a permitted use, but it is what they call a special land use, there is another process they would have to go through which would go through the planning commission and have proper notice to the surrounding property owners,” said Marquette City Manager, Karen Kovacs.

Commissioners Stonehouse and Davis were the two ‘no’ votes for the City Commission Monday.

The Marquette City Commission took up the issue of a proposed women’s recovery house on property owned by the Catholic Diocese of Marquette.

Monday night the commission held a public hearing on the rezoning of that property which is currently zoned for medium density residential.

The plan is to change it to multiple family residential. But during the hearing, a representative from Catholic Social Services said the Diocese is no longer looking to turn that property into a recovery house.

“With that piece of information the Commission is requesting a little more clarification on that use, now, the rezoning still needs to occur and the Diocese is keeping that request in for rezoning in order to conform with the actual appropriate use which is, right now, not conforming with that,” said Marquette City Manager Karen Kovacs.

Currently the building is used by the Diocese for visiting priests, clergy and laypeople. The commission voted 5-2 in favor of delaying a decision until the next meeting. Commissioners Stonehouse and Mayer voted no. The issue will be before the commission during its next regular meeting in September.

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