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Council approves changes for house at Sixth and Whitmore
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Dirk Wyatt's plan to convert a vacant house at the corner of Sixth Street and Whitmore Avenue was approved recently by the Ceres City Council.

The council voted Aug. 24 to amend the general plan land use designation from low-density residential (LDR) to Office (O) and rezone the property from Single Family Residential (R-1) to Administrative Professional (A-P).

Wyatt is also asking the city to change the address from 2334 Sixth Street to one on Whitmore Avenue.

City planners said that the architectural design and materials and colors that are being proposed would be compatible with the neighboring area.

A block wall will be installed at the north to promote better security than a wooden fence.

At the July 20 Planning Commission meeting two persons expressed concerns. Kathy Ratto and Yvette Elness both suggested that the colors be muted to blend in with homes on Sixth Street. Both expressed concerns about commercial traffic affecting their neighborhood but the commission voted 4-0.

"I'm glad to see this project," said Vice Mayor Chris Vierra, who called it a great commercial in-fill project.