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Tarpon Union Academy plan wins raves

The Union Academy neighborhood plan, an ambitious proposal by city and county planners to improve the city's historically black neighborhood, got rave reviews when it was presented to the City Commission on Tuesday. Commissioners, expected to approve the plan next week, said the city wants to be an active partner with the neighborhood south of downtown to get the plan completed.

The plan, which took two years to complete, suggests that the city should use its vacant lots to construct homes, change the area's zoning, help clean up unsightly property and plan for business development in the area.

Billiard parlor, car dealer look to Tarpon

TARPON SPRINGS _ The City Commission got its first look Tuesday at two new businesses proposed for downtown: a car dealership and billiard parlor. Both are expected to be considered for approval next week.

Commissioners praised Albert Wiseman's idea for a vintage car dealership called Classic Corvettes & Collectibles Inc. at 304 Pinellas Ave. The building is being restored to a more historic look.

But some commissioners had concerns that a proposed billiard parlor in a vacant building at 224 E Tarpon Ave. could stick out in the historic district. The city wants to require the establishment to keep signs to a 10-foot limit and use the district's design guidelines.