BREAKING: Mann proposal to develop Crown Hill denied

Mann Properties’ request to develop 71 acres in Crown Hill Cemetery into residences and retail was denied this afternoon on a stinging 4-3 vote by the Metropolitan Development Commission.

The decision cannot be appealed.

Mann offered $5.23 million for the tract of woods and wetlands at the north end of the nation’s third-largest cemetery. Crown Hill planned to use the proceeds for maintenance after burial plots sell out.

Planning staff had recommended rezoning the land from its long-time use as a cemetery.

However, groups ranging from Butler-Tarkington Neighborhood Association to Crooked Creek Community Council opposed the project, which was expected to cost at least $90 million.

The proposed Mapleton development would have 171 townhouses, 50 single-family homes on lots with at least 7,200 square feet and 88 single-family homes on lots with at least 4,200 square feet.

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