The Pulaski Regional Planning Commission denied an amendment to the zoning ordinance for downtown Pulaski.
Rod Wells, a downtown building owner, had made the request because of the ease of accessibility to the essential businesses he considered would be conveniently located for him in his golden years.
Wells asked to renovate his building to become his single-family ground floor residence.
Commission members said they were sympathetic to Wells’ request, but the preservation of the historic downtown was a concern.
Pulaski Mayor Pat Ford said he was protective of the historic downtown and feels like when you start allowing residential on the ground floor, you can say goodbye to your historic downtown.
It was determined some downtown buildings may have residents living on the first floor.
City Administrator Terry Harrison said he would get with the fire department to view the annual inspections from these commercial properties and follow up on those who may be in violation.