The Cornelius, North Carolina Planning Board wants a funeral home to build a buffer behind their proposed building, so traffic on nearby I-70 won’t see the back of the building. Here’s what’s there now, if Google Street View has the address right:
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The planning board doesn’t want signage that’s viewable from the freeway, either, nor do they want drivers to be able to see the hearses parked there.
The funeral home is wanting to renovate a 30-year-old structure that’s currently not in use, and provide a few more jobs, and a valuable service to the community, and all vice chairman John Hettwer can come up with is
“I’m disappointed that we’ll be left with a less-than-desirable structure many years into the future.”
How disappointing. It’s a funeral home. Death is a fact of life. Why try to hide the facility? That only adds to the stigma surrounding funeral homes. This brings to mind the Gladstone quote:
Show me the manner in which a nation or community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.