MOUNT VERNON — The Municipal Planning Commission was scheduled to consider a rezoning request for the recovery housing facility at 197 Mansfield Ave., but the meeting had to be postponed when the number of people attending overwhelmed the capacity of the Council Chambers at City Hall.
Under the city’s fire code, the room has a capacity of 65 people, but the room was full and another 20 people were in the hallway when the meeting was scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
Mayor Richard Mavis called the meeting to order and explained that since there was not enough room to accommodate all the people who wanted to attend the hearing, the hearing would be adjourned until arrangements can be made for another room with greater capacity, probably at the Memorial Building.
How soon that will be, will depend on both availability and what legal advertising has to be repeated.
Riverside Recovery Services, which bought the house in July, is seeking the zoning change from R-1 (single family housing) to R-3 (multi-family housing) because, although the recovery program can operate in either, the change to R-3 would allow a greater number of clients at one time.
Mavis said he thought this was the first time he has ever had to reschedule a meeting because the number of people wanting to attend had exceeded the room’s capacity.