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Zoning Change At Baptist Home Location Denied

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The Bismarck Planning and Zoning Commission spends four hours tonight deciding whether or not to rezone an area for Ruth Meirs Hospitality House.

Ruth Meirs has purchased this facility from the Baptist Home in Bismarck to expand their services to the homeless population.

Tonight the commission denies changing the zoning.

Under current zoning the land can only be used for multi family or transitional housing.

Ruth Meirs would like to also use it for administrative offices, a soup kitchen and other services.

Residents who live close to the Baptist Home gave their input on these services being close to their home.

"My main concern is the safety of our kids, my own two the others that live in our neighborhood there are hundreds, not to mention the two elementary schools, two to four blocks from the Baptist Home," Resident said.

"Because of my belief system, that I do wholly support what they are trying to do here, I believe that we have to take care of people and it doesn't always have to be someplace else, sometimes it is close to your home," Bobbi Gitter said.

Ruth Meirs is still able to use the facility for transitional housing and services for residents of that facility.

However, they cannot offer any other services for the public or move administrative offices to the location.

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