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Founders Crossing developers withdraw petition

Developer Kenneth Rawson listens from the audience as his daughter, Rhonda Rawson, discusses the proposed Founders Crossing housing development during a May 23 planning commission meeting at Woodstock City Hall in Woodstock.
Developer Kenneth Rawson listens from the audience as his daughter, Rhonda Rawson, discusses the proposed Founders Crossing housing development during a May 23 planning commission meeting at Woodstock City Hall in Woodstock.

The developers behind the controversial Founders Crossing housing proposal in Woodstock have formally withdrawn their petition. 

The Woodstock City Council was set to consider the preliminary plat for the project at its Tuesday meeting. Kenneth and Rhonda Rawson wanted to construct 77 single-family homes and two apartment buildings on the 11.5 acre Woodstock Station site. 

Mayor Brian Sager said the Rawsons called to permanently withdraw the proposal – which has been under city consideration for a year and a half – about 5 p.m. Tuesday. 

“The petitioners have asked for opportunity to work with the city in the future, perhaps with other types of products or on different parcels, Sager said. “Many people in the community also expressed concern and communicated quite often on the proposal.”

He said the Rawsons planned to turn their sights on other projects that may be “more appropriate.” 

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