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NEWS BRIEFS A wide ditch is part of city-owned property Benderson Development wants to purchase. Photo by Robert Hackney CITY���S DRC CLEARS BENEVA PLAN FOR BENDERSON The city���s controversial plan to sell 11 acres at the northeast corner of Beneva and Fruitville Roads achieved an important milestone Wednesday, Jan 2. The city is deep in negotiations to sell the property to Benderson Development, which has announced a desire to build a shopping center on the property. Neighbors say the land-use change is inappropriate; they would The Development Review Committee, com- prefer the area remain a park and training posed of senior city staffers, ���signed off��� on a area for firefighters. plan to amend the city���s future land use map The sale was never advertised in a convento designate the site ���Commercial General��� tional fashion. Only after the Benderson deal instead ���Government,��� as it is labeled now. was revealed did another firm step forward

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