“We sat down and discussed these things with the mayor,” Toomey said. “He saw our point of view, and we saw his.”
“The zoning is going to stay the same,” Busta said. “They’re not going to change it.”
City officials could not be reached for comment. But, initially, they proposed the change in zoning as a way to alleviate the problems experienced by residents. As part of this plan, half of the industrially zoned area would have been designated for business.
Community development director Karen Sawyer felt that the idea could lead to benefits. For example, poorly maintained property along the North River could be cleaned up and used for recreation.
Yet, very quickly, opposition to the idea came from both the occupants of the industrial park and the residents. Park occupants feared that the change would complicate and restrict their use of their property.
“At this point, I’m not sure this (zoning change) is going to be going any further. ... It seems some of the push has dissipated,” said Don Kelley of Wayside Trailers.
As to resident complaints, Kelley and others maintain that the industrial park predates the nearby housing. Neighbors have disputed that.
Kelley conceded, “We’ve had a couple of bad tenants over the years.” He said that the buses, which have drawn so much ire, may not be located, strictly speaking, in the industrial park.
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