Hospital site in limbo



October 8, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Iola Mayor Bill Shirley is certain that a majority of Iola City Council members are in favor of seeing a new Allen County Hospital constructed on North Kentucky Street.

“But that’s not what’s keeping me up at night,” Shirley told the Register this week.

Iola council members will vote Tuesday on whether to accept a recommendation from the Iola Planning Commission that would deny a zoning change, thus prohibiting construction of the hospital on land owned by the Hopper family on North Kentucky Street. Rejecting the Planning Commission’s recommendation — something Shirley supports — would allow the zoning change to proceed and construction to begin soon.

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