Aldermen approve rezoning of property for convenience store
POCAHONTASAldermen unanimously approved the rezoning of property located at the corner of Highway 304 and Highway 67 South from Agriculture to Commercial 2 during Tuesday night’s monthly meeting for the proposed use of a new convenient store.
Local real estate agent Joe Difani said the estimated employment for the new store will be around six to10 people and will be a larger-type store. Local businessman Steve Johnson addressed the Council and noted his concerns over the proposal because he said a property he owned, which was located in the same area, was never approved for rezoning to commercial.
“I’ll kind of rehash what happened a couple of years ago,” stated Johnson. “A similar situation where I brought a piece of property before the Council to be rezoned. It sits in the same general area and borders Randolph Memorial Cemetery, the same as this property does. One difference is mine did border commercial property where I don’t believe the one in question does, aside from the U.S. highway. At that time, the city council denied my request for rezoning based on the fact that it joined the cemetery. I went through every hoop the City Council put before me.”
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