From Horse Barn to Wellness Center, Part 12: Health-Scare Delays and Finding Resolution


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Follow the journey to remodel a horse barn into a commercial wellness center on a Midwestern property zoned for agriculture. This 12-part series recounts the considerations, pitfalls and ultimate successes of a green-building project with an ambitious scope to bring a defunct farm building new life as a natural health destination.

Previously, my hopes of resolving a few issues with the Wellness Center zoning at a Township Board meeting were delayed. As we continued to work over the next week on the project, I got a call from the zoning administrator who told me that he was able to get our matter into a budget meeting that was happening the next evening. I was relieved.

I could not attend the meeting, but one of the owners went. She told me after that everything was taken care of by the Board — a victory for us and the project! If the Board had not signed off on the amendment paperwork for the additional square footage of the project, we could have waited months for a public hearing, or worse yet, been forced to remove the front addition that we had added to the existing barn.

Nothing could stop us now; we were racing towards a finish!

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