Officers will step up patrol for DWI offenders. The crash occurred at a. Mutagaa Smith of Abilene was headed north on Highway 36 in a white Mazda 4-door sedan when he crossed into the oncoming lane. Witnesses say he missed one vehicle but collided head-on with a white Chevrol Smith had to be extricated by fire crews and was transported to the hospital, where he later passed away from his injuries. Next of kin notification has been made.
It does not appear Mr. Smith was wearing a seat-belt.
The driver of the pickup, year-old Douglas Whitehead of Hamilton, received minor injuries and was not transported. The cause of this crash remains under investigation. The store is located in the Blk. He stands around 5'7". We want to make the owner of this ring's Christmas special.
This ring was found and turned into APD a few weeks back. It was found in the block of Rebecca Lane outside near a home. If you can identify it or know who owns it, and Identify it by engraving it has, contact our non-emergency It is housed in our Property and Evidence. Merry Christmas. Downtown Abilene has been recently reinvigorated by a mix of grassroots efforts and formal efforts through the Abilene Chamber of Commerce's can Not Downtown Abilene Initiative.
Plans are in the works to open a hotel near the Abilene Convention Center making the city's accommodations more desirable to visitors.
The City Council's efforts to incentivize a downtown convention hotel have not been reciprocated by Taylor County. Mayor Williams is confident that private sector forces will help the massive project succeed. The LGC, a separate entity from the City and the council, is now responsible for the planning and execution of the project.
East Highway 80 divides Downtown into two districts: the North district, anchored by the Abilene Convention Center and a lively business atmosphere; and the South district, referred to as SoDA District South of Downtown Abileneanchored by the story Enterprise Building, many government buildings and a budding nightlife scene.
The two institutions connect Ambler Avenue to Downtown. Much of Abilene's abilen and retail growth is concentrated in two opposite areas of the city. In the southwest area of the city, along and near Southwest Drive, Ridgemont Drive, and Buffalo Gap Road, several new retailers and businesses have brought new names to Abilene as this area continues to attract many to new shops, hotels, and restaurants.
In addition, even some new residential esclrt have sprouted throughout the southwest side of the city, many of which are within blocks of Rebecca Lane. Construction on several escorf and connective streets  is indicative of the area's strong commercial growth. Southwest Drive was widened from 2 lanes each direction plus central left-turn lane to 3 lanes each direction, totaling 7 lanes from Catclaw Drive to S.
Clack Street and 6 lanes under the Winters Freeway.
This project was completed in late Clack Street and S. Danville Drive, were reconstructed from S. Southwest Drive and Catclaw Drive have become the source of multiple new businesses, many of which are national chains with their first Abilene location.
The applicant is requesting "retail and services" be permitted with the only exceptions being liquor, sexually oriented businesses and auto sales. The proposed PDD includes a landscape plan, screening, substantial limitations on age, and limits permitted uses to grocery stores, offices and standard restaurants. The proposed ordinance ties development to a site plan and a landscape plan. Property immediately adjacent to the north is zoned Shopping Center and has two commercial structures.
Shopping Center zoning permits grocery stores. Staff recommends approval with the following modifications: 1 screening be masonry instead of wood and 2 truck traffic be prohibited from passing along the rebecva side of the property, and further recommends denial of "retail and services" as permitted uses. The Planning and Zoning Commission recommends approval with esscort following conditions: the fence adjacent to residential zoning on the north and the fence along the south property line be 8 feet in height and constructed with a masonry material; trucks be prohibited on the south side of the property except for trucks to refuel the gas pumps.
Armstrong explained what land abilfne plans are, and that where the transition from commercial to low density residential occurs is a Council decision the land use plan map is not to scale. Armstrong noted the importance of putting commercial development at street intersections.
rebecac Councilman Vasquez stated that in January of there was a concern to provide consistency with residential zoning for the residents. Vasquez further stated the motion he made in for the rezoning based on the request from Mindy Morris would have been more consistent in moving commercial away from the residents.
Vasquez also stated he has an issue with replacing that zoning with something more intense. Vasquez reiterated the fact that consistency is important. Mayor Barr stated: "Before we move to the Public Hearing portion of our regular agenda item 4. The Council and staff have received numerous calls and anilene as well as an extensive amount of information on this item. In the interest of time this morning we will establish time frames for those who want to speak on the item.
In establishing our order of business this morning, first the proponent on the issue rbeecca initially speak for 15 minutes, this will be followed by a question and answer period for Council.
If there is one spokesperson for the neighborhood, they will be allowed the same amount of time as the proponent. If there are no deated spokespersons each individual wishing to speak will be allowed 3 minutes. City Secretary Jo Moore will keep track of each person's escorh through the use of a timer.
When the timer goes off, I would ask that you conclude your remarks. After all have spoken, I will ask for a show of hands to indicate the for and against the item.
The Council wants to hear all the information you have to share, but we do ask that you restrict your comments to new or additional information. We appreciate your consideration of and adherence to these rules.
Mayor Barr opened a public hearing on the request, and the following individuals spoke in response to the request:. Andrew stated United Grocery Store is community minded and wants to cohabitate with the neighborhood in a manner that is mutually beneficial to all parties. Andrew demonstrated through the use of a slide presentation the appearance of United stores and compatibility in neighborhoods. Andrew also noted issues that generate quality of life concerns i.
Council and proponent's discussion included: providing an exit onto Chimney Rock, landscaping, drainage, screening, and what is allowed under the current zoning. Council took a 5-minute recess at a. Following the break, Council d with the public hearing. Jean Wagner, Woodhollow Circle, spoke on behalf of the majority of the neighborhood, noting indiscrepancies in Graco's request. There is supposed to be a gradual, smooth transition, and this is high intensity.
The landscaping required is not shown, along with other discrepancies, and noted that Graco has been evasive. The net affect of the tax base will decrease for the City.
The proposed landscape will not produce enough of a buffer for the residents. The neighborhood's abilenee concerns are large high intense commercial zoning in a primarily residential area, which does not provide adequate traffic access. Wagner what would be allowed in the area under the current zoning. Ted Wagner, Woodhollow Circle, addressed the diagram, showing the possible types of businesses allowed under the current zoning, noting the City would have some control over some of these structures, that an apartment complex is not realistic in the area.