King's Ranch Not Given Go-Ahead By City Planners

Jonesboro, AR (KAIT)-

"This is the bulk of our retirement, which I think most people's homes become," said Elizabeth Levinson, whose property backs up to the prospective sight of King's Ranch.

Levinson says while the intent is noble behind Dr. Eddie Cooper and his wife Lee's request to house neglected and abandoned children at the home located at 2816 Day Dr., she feels it could leave the door open for other businesses to crop up around her.

"I want this neighborhood and this area to stay in the condition that it's in, which is R-1," she said. "I don't want little businesses popping up here and there."

On Tuesday night, the Jonesboro Metropolitan Area Planning Commission denied the Cooper's request for a conditional use permit.

"We have to protect the rights of the citizens of Jonesboro," said G. Kennerich, of the planning commission.

Dr. Cooper says under his control, his friends and neighbors would have nothing to worry about.

"A lot of those people are my friends so I don't want to do anything that would hurt them or disrupt the neighborhood," said Cooper. "I think we can do it without harming anyone's property."

While the King's Ranch project has been put on hold for now, Dr. Cooper believes in his dream and to one day see the ranch become a reality.

"We know it's the Lord's will for us to go forward with the ranch, so we'll just go before him and pray about it," he said.

Cooper has the option of appealing the decision to the Jonesboro City Council.

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