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In their regular monthly meeting Thursday night, Hendersonville city council extended the deadline for a major Upward Road project until May 3rd of next year. The Upward Road Development Group LLC has a special use permit from the city to construct a three-story hotel, a 6,000 square foot restaurant, a retail shop, a bank building, and more. A developer is reportedly set to start work on one third of the property; another company is interested in part of the property; but a spokesman for the group said he doubts all five buildings, as originally planned, will be developed.
City council approved a plan Thursday night that will allow city employees with at least 27 years of service to retire early by cashing in their unused sick days. The new arrangement is strictly voluntary.
City council officially designated Fourth Avenue from Laurel Park to Jackson Park as the city’s first bicycle boulevard. There will be lane-sharing markings posted on that boulevard.
Council members can attend meetings by electronic means..but must notify the mayor and city manager no later than 48 hours in advance of a meeting if he or she plans to do so. Council members votes by electronic means are legal.
And the month of April was declared Autism and Parkinson’s Awareness Month…and like with the Historic Courthouse, Hendersonville City Hall will be illuminated with blue lights for the month.