EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSREZONING PASSED
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Council Passes Rezoning Of Huntington Business
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Videographer: John Tincher
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Sep. 25, 2012 11:25 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2012 12:30 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
A controversial business that's setting up shop in the Highlawn area got the green light for rezoning at this week's Huntington city council meeting. A gun smith shop could soon be open at 2800 1st Avenue. It has some neighbors in the area concerned.
"We're not against guns. My husband and I own guns and we have concealed weapons permits, but this location is not a fit for our neighborhood," said Jane Peterson, who spoke out against the rezoning at Monday night's meeting, along with dozens of other neighbors in the Highlawn community. She said, "We also don't want a commercial hub starting there and taking houses and going right on down the street, so we also see it as a beginning of something that we do not want here."
Store owner Brian Galligan told Eyewitness News he owns six pieces of property in that area. He says he's done business in Huntington for about thirty years, from everything including being a gun smith to a greenhouse, concession business, and environmental consulting. He said he thinks businesses should co-mingle with neighborhoods as a way to be successful.
Many neighbors said they are not against having a business in that location, but they don't think a gun shop is the right fit. Some neighbors said they are concerned because it's right by a school bus stop, a church, and a block away from St. Mary's Medical Center. Peterson said, "I'm not afraid that criminals are going to go there and buy their guns, because they don't buy their guns places like that, but it is a place where someone might break in."
Not everyone in the Highlawn community is against the business, but for those who are, Galligan said he's more than happy to meet with them to talk about their concerns.
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