Planning board members were more receptive Monday night to a smaller project, also classified as high-density but with only five lots, along Bowman Avenue (1320 Bowman Avenue) across from the former Rainey Hospital site.
This was the first hospital in Burlington, named for Dr. Rainey Parker who founded it on May 10, 1916.
It was later sold to Dr. George Carrington and Dr. Ralph Brooks who operated it as Alamance General Hospital for many years.
The 107-year-old former hospital building is currently used by Carolina Biological Supply.
Tim Tickle asked to rezone the five lots along Bowman Avenue on the back side of the building, totaling .85 acres, to high density with a limited use designation.
[Story continues below photo of vacant lots that would be rezoned.]
The land is currently a vacant lot with a storage building; Tickle also stores some cars that he sells in Durham.
With little discussion, and no public comment, the planning board recommended the rezoning to the city council in a unanimous, 7-0, vote.