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Zone Change Possible In Hurricane

Reported: May. 28, 2014 6:24 PM EDT
Updated: May. 29, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
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HURRICANE, W.Va. (Chris Williams) -- Nice homes, and clean cut lawns line Mount Vernon Road, and that’s the way people living in the area want to keep it.

"I haven't found a single person who is supportive of this zone change that’s been requested," Country Villa’s Home Owner’s Association President Joseph Amos said.

Mount Vernon Road is zoned for single family housing, but a contractor, Timothy Spradling, wants to rezone the area so he can build commercial buildings at the corner of Mount Vernon and Teays Valley Road.

"Putting in businesses there would only serve to increase the traffic, and cause other problems," Al Ruebush, who lives in Country Villa, said.

Spradling wasn't able to do an interview, but he did tell me, he is hoping to put in a doctor's or lawyer's office in the vacant lot. People who live in the area say Mount Vernon Road is already too narrow, and commercial buildings would just make the problem worse.

"In some instances you have to run the risk of the ditch on the side to avoid oncoming traffic," Amos said.

The planning commission also had the same traffic concerns, which is why they voted against the zone change. The final decision is up to the county commission.

Homeowners on Mount Vernon Road hope the county commission pays attention to the neighbors who live here.

"I think that the commissioners ought to listen to the people that they put in," Amos said.



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