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Gunn School Re-zoning Denied

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Maureen Wurtz

OMAHA (KPTM)- The Gunn School has been in Council Bluffs for more than 86 years, and it'll stay there.

The Council Bluffs City Council voted unanimously Monday against the rezoning of the North Broadway school to allow an apartment complex for low-income Seniors.

Dozens of neighbors came to the meeting Monday, and said they were happy with the decision.

"We're elated," said Dave Christensen. "I know the Council was very nervous about this, they're concerned about vandalism, break-ins, that sort of thing. We maintain that our neighborhood watch would keep a close watch on the property, we can prevent those kind of things from happening."

The discussion Monday was whether or not to rezone the school property. The area is currently only for single-family housing.

The Council Bluffs School district waned to sell the building to Seldin Co., a company that was planning on building lower income senior apartments.

Many came out against the building of the apartments, and council members said they were saddened to see a lack of support for seniors.

"I don't think there is a single person in here that is mad at senior people," said on neighbor, John Marshall. "We definitely think there should be senior apartments, most definitely senior apartments. But you know what, put them in areas that are zoned for apartments not in our neighborhood."

The property is still for sale.

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