Thursday's Lubbock City Council meeting was one of the longest in recent months, stretching past 10:15pm. Between Thursday afternoon's work session and council meeting, council members were in over 9 hours worth of meetings.

Three hours of Friday's council meeting focused on citizen comments and city council discussion concerning a proposed zoning change in the Guadalupe neighborhood.

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A developer is seeking to change the zoning of land that encompasses 310 Avenue K, 1121 3rd Street, 1010 Marsha Sharp Freeway and 905 3rd Street (red trapezoid in the map above), to allow for the building of a total of 11, one and two-story duplexes, for a retirement village. The proposed Guadalupe Villas would only be open to residents age 62 or older.

While, the Lubbock City Council heard from a number of residents and home owners from the Guadalupe neighborhood speak in opposition to the new development, Councilwoman Karen Gibson said the proposal to develop land that has been vacant for 48 years will help the city as a whole.

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The council voted 5-1 to approve the First Reading of the ordinance to change the zoning for the proposed Guadalupe Villas. Councilwoman Shelia Patterson Harris was absent and Councilman Juan Chadis voted against the measure.  The city council will consider the Second Reading of the zoning change ordinance in February.

In other Lubbock City Council news, the council unanimously approved the First Reading of an ordinance which would call for a special election concerning the future of the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium-Coliseum.

The special election would be held at the same time as the regular city election in May. Lubbock citizens would vote on whether or not to abandon the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium-Coliseum and allow the land to automatically revert back to Texas Tech. The vote by Lubbock citizens is specifically called for in the City Charter, so the facilities can be abandoned.

The seven acres of land for the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium-Coliseum encompasses not only the two buildings, but the parking lot for the west side of Jones AT&T Stadium and the Drive of Champions, which is a street that runs south of the Lubbock Municipal Auditorium-Coliseum.

The Second Reading for the ordinance to call for the special election in May will be voted upon during the next Lubbock City Council meeting.