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Zoning issues settled for new SCAD dorm
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City Council today approved an expansion of the Mid-City zoning area and designation in order to clear the way for a four-story SCAD dorm set to go up on Victory Drive.

The new dorms would be adjacent to the current One West Victory development and will extend down to Montgomery Street.

SCAD's attorney negotiated with the Metropolitan Planning Commission to extend the Mid-City zoning district across Victory Drive to the south side of the street specifically to include the new development.

The move, Council agreed, would place the dorm under a recognizable and already existing oversight protocol.

Wondering if the city was "helping gentrification, Alderman Van Johnson cautioned that "I don't want to see the neighborhood become ancillary to the college." Johnson voted to approve the measure, however.

Attorney Howard Yellin, representing SCAD in this case, said he had worked with MPC closely on the compromise, which included reducing the height of the proposed dorm from six stories to four, the same height as One West Victory (which is also student housing).

In other business, Council approves a special-use allowance for Victory Antiques and Collectibles, to allow for after-hours wedding receptions.