By one vote, Kannapolis City Council agreed to rezone a small lot near the so the property owner will get a better price if the health department seizes his land.

Council voted 4-3 Monday night to rezone Mike Kennedy’s property at 313 S. Juniper St. from residential to commercial.

"We applaud entrepreneurship every day in our community," Councilman Darrell Hinnant said.

Though the vote probably doubled the value of his property to $160,000, Kennedy said he still refuses to sell to the Cabarrus Health Alliance, which wants the block at the corner of N.C. 3 and Loop Road for a new building. Kennedy’s property would become a parking lot.

For details, see the report.