By a 3-2 vote Tuesday, the Minden City Council gave businessman Jimmy Hall the green light to buy a residence at 1114 Broadway where he plans to open a bed and breakfast/entertainment venue.
With the vote, an appeal designed to halt the zoning variance granted by the Minden Planning Commission failed, even though a large number of residents living in Minden's Historic Residential District pled with the council to overturn it.
"To deny this appeal and grant a variance for one person is ignoring the rights of the others in the surrounding properties," Luther Moore, historic district resident, said.
District B councilwoman Fayrine Kennon-Gilbert made the motion to grant the appeal, and therefore overturn the variance, saying it was a very difficult decision.
"I can see both sides of the issue," Kennon-Gilbert said. I represent the people of this district. What is the right thing to do? As my obligation, I have to move to grant the appeal and overturn the variance."
District C councilwoman Magaline Quarles offered a second for the motion. District A councilman Wayne Edwards, District D councilman Mike Toland and District E councilman Benny Gray voted to deny the appeal.
A 4-1 vote was required to overturn the variance.
Historic district resident Charlotte Jones said she and her neighbors appreciate Kennon-Gilbert's support.
"While I was not surprised at the outcome, I was disappointed that the Minden City Council was not more concerned with the views of the Broadway residents who opposed the variance," Jones said.
Residents in the Historic Residential District objected to the variance for several reasons including noise and traffic problems from weddings and parties and fear of setting a precedence for other businesses.