Northwestern College will be getting some additional classroom space.
The Roseville Council voted 3-1 Monday evening to change the zoning of the private Christian liberal arts college’s office building located at 2803 Lincoln Drive to allow for academic use.
The building will now be used for classroom space for the school’s nursing program. The program has 25 to 30 students and needs 7,300 square feet of space, a college representative said.
Council member Tammy McGehee cast the lone vote opposing the change in zoning.
“I think it’s bad precedent,” she said. “I don’t necessarily think that we want to have this kind of activity in our commercial areas unless it’s a for-profit temporary thing where they rent a building—I don’t support the taking of commercial space for this kind of use.”
None of the other council members voiced any objections, and council member Jeff Johnson expressed pleasure that the school’s program that partners with a nearby assisted living home.
“I commend Northwestern for actually working within the community,” Johnson said.