Lexington retirement community causing controversy over vacant land

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LEXINGTON, Va. (WDBJ7) A retirement community in Lexington is causing controversy over vacant land. The battle is over a zoning ordinance.

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People that live in and around a Lexington neighborhood don't want any new homes popping up near them.

Kendal is a retirement community that's been around since the 1990s. The community is built in the county but it owns vacant land next door in city limits.

In order to expand and build about 30 new retirement homes, Kendal is asking the city to change the zoning on the land.

Neighbors wouldn't speak with WDBJ7 on camera but say the zoning would have a great impact on their lives.

"I cannot say I blame our neighbors for their concern," Kendal Board Chair Bob Glidden said. "On the other hand, what we're adding ... is going to be a very attractive community that is going to be both economically and aesthetically beneficial to Lexington as a city.

There will be a town hall style meeting on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria of Lylburn Downing Middle School. The public is invited to voice their opinions on the project.