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Parking Posts Put Up By Nitro Business Owner Causes Major Inconvenience

Reported by: Send eMail Taisha Walker
Videographer: Troy Morgan
Reported: Jul. 7, 2014 8:11 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 7, 2014 8:34 PM EDT
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Parking Lot Confusion
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Nitro , Kanawha County , West Virginia

There were major headaches on Monday in a Nitro parking lot.

A landowner's attempt to make changes to his Bank Street property to help get it to sell ended up causing an inconvenience to neighboring businesses.

"This should never be allowed in Nitro like that, this is blocking our street and blocking our exits to get out," said Sharon Puffenbarger, a frustrated customer and Nitro resident.

Puffenbarger was one of many Nitro residents that wasn't happy about the new changes to the parking lot. Mayor Dave Casebolt is another.

"The gentleman that owned the Cruze Thru had the property surveyed last week and it came back from the survey that he owned nine feet out on Bank Street," said the Nitro mayor.

Mayor Casebolt said the property owner had received interest in his building being used as a drive thru. On Friday, the owner started marking his property with concrete parking posts, showing potential buyers there's enough room for a drive thru. People like Juliana Elswick, a nail technician at Forever Young Nails & Spa in shopping plaza, disagrees.

"I had to squeeze in between the cinder block and the larger truck," Elswick said. "I barely made it through without tearing up my tires or messing up the person's truck."

Although the property owner was well within his rights to put those parking blocks up, Mayor Casebolt said the owner agreed it was causing a bit of a headache for drivers. City workers removed the parking blocks, which will be used for a future project.

Mayor Casebolt said the plan is to eventually buy the Cruze Thru property, turn it into a parking lot and add a green space. The city council will discuss the proposed plan at its next meeting.



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