The Stevens Point Plan Commission voted 4-2 Monday, March 4, to deny a request for a conditional-use permit for the Stevens Point Area School District to build a $400,000, 3,000-square-foot Living Skills Center (LSC) along Second Street North . in the southwest corner of the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) campus.
The Commission originally postponed the LSC conditional-use request Monday, Feb. 4, because the applicant had not provided a final site plan and uncertainty about the building’s proximity to a taverns.
People who spoke against granting the permit this week expressed several concerns about the project and its proposed location, including the lack of available parking and the distance special needs students would have to travel to the facility. It was the proximity of the facility to two taverns – Cedar Haus Inn and Little White Inn – that proved to be a sticking point for most.
“I’m a little upset about the illegality of this. Right at this point in time, it’s illegal to put a building there,” said Alderperson Mike Phillips, District 10. “I think it’s backwards.”