The Pine Bluff Planning Commission on Monday approved the establishment of a traditional living facility, deadlocked in a vote on a proposed addition of a cafe/sweet shop at a daycare and tabled a requested establishment of a home daycare.

The Pine Bluff Planning Commission on Monday approved the establishment of a traditional living facility, deadlocked in a vote on a proposed addition of a cafe/sweet shop at a daycare and tabled a requested establishment of a home daycare.

The transitional living facility, to be located at 2702 W. Second Ave., will duplicate the services of a nearby sister operation, Covenant Recovery Inc. at 3201 W. Pullen Ave. Covenant Director Jeremy McKenzie told the commission that the current facility is nearing its capacity of 45 residents, assigned there as part of an alternative sentencing program serving recovering alcoholics and drug addicts.

McKenzie said the West Second site was donated by Benny and Scarlett Hatcher. McKenzie estimated the cost of necessary remodeling at $100,000. Meanwhile, the program is currently constructing several nearby four-plexes for client occupancy. The apartments are to soon be ready.

Lawrence Richey’s request to place a cafe/sweet shop inside an established daycare at 6707 Sulphur Springs Road was blocked because of the lack of a motion for approval. Commissioners Joe Clement, Ed Long, Don Scott and Chairman Lou Taylor voted in favor of Southeast Arkanas Regional Planning Commission advisor Jerre George’s recommendation against the proposal. Commissioners Evelyn Blunt, Leon Crumblin, Frank Hartwick and Gordon Reese opposed the denial.

Commissioner Steve Huselton was absent.

George and Taylor said they opposed the cafe’s addition because of roadway concerns, and worries on how the operation might “fit in” with the community. Richey was advised that the split vote means that the status of the proposal is unchanged as it was neither approved or disapproved and he had 30 days to appeal the action.

“I’m through with Pine Bluff,” Richey said. “I’m gone.”

The tabled matter concerned a proposed home daycare at 3 Carol St.

Commission decisions are considered recommendations and presented to the city council for adoption or denial.