(WMC-TV) - It is a controversy that has residents on both sides weighing in, but now the city of Bartlett has spoken.
The Bartlett Board of Mayor and Aldermen has just given the green light for a historic house to become a bed-and-breakfast.
The home, which is located at 3712 Broadway in Bartlett's Ellendale area, is currently on the National Register of Historic Places, but has been vacant more than five years.
A special use permit for allowing the bed-and-breakfast has now been approved by the city.
Some neighbors are concerned that it may also become a wedding chapel and reception hall.
"Number one, they want a liquor license. We don't want that. This is a residential area with children. The other thing I don't like is it's going to be so much traffic on a two lane road. We don't even have sidewalks," said Bartlett resident Mary Alice Doyle.
Supporters of the decision think it's a good addition to the community.
"I think Bartlett needs something like this. There are a lot of people coming from out of state and they need a place to eat, sleep, have breakfast, and move on," said Bartlett resident Pamela Baum.
Other residents were worried that Alderman Jay Rainey, who owns the house, could contribute to its approval. However, Rainey did recuse himself from Tuesday's vote on the matter.
Action News 5 is told all building plans must now receive final approval from the design review commission and the planning commission.