Planners OK new funeral home

Published 9:36 pm Friday, August 18, 2017

The Suffolk Planning Commission on Tuesday approved a new funeral home for downtown Suffolk.

The Metropolitan Funeral Home, owned by Kenneth Alexander, will be in the former DMV building on Holladay Street.

No expansion of the building is planned, said Hollis Ellis, who spoke for the project during Tuesday’s public hearing on the conditional use permit request. The current parking lot also has been deemed sufficient by the city for the amount of seating in the funeral home.


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Nobody spoke against the project during the meeting. It was a change from the first time Alexander, who is the mayor of Norfolk, tried to bring a branch of Metropolitan Funeral Home — which also has two locations in Norfolk and one in Portsmouth — to Suffolk.

The original location would have been at the intersection of East Washington Street and Suburban Drive. A large number of citizens opposed the project in 2014, and Alexander eventually pulled the project, even though it received City Council approval.

He did so because of the community opposition, Ellis confirmed this week.

Alexander still owns the property and is exploring options for it, Ellis added.

The project passed 6-0. Commissioners Anita Hicks and James Vacalis were absent from the meeting.

City Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the conditional use permit request at its Sept. 20 meeting.