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Wellsville turns down request for commercial rezone

April 19th, 2012 Posted in Opinion

By Jimena Herrero

WELLSVILLE — The City Council voted Wednesday night against amending the Land Use Map to allow properties to be rezoned from residential areas to commercial.

The Planning Commission had recommended the rezoning, and on Wednesday night the council conducted a public hearing as part of its regular meeting in order to allow public input.

The rezoning in question involved a local business, South Valley R.V. Repair, and surrounding residential plots. Business owner David Kurek stated that the expansion of the commercial lot would not only benefit his business but also the community. The expansion of Kurek’s commercial plot would be approximately one acre.

“It would create jobs for the community,” Kurek said. “I’m willing to work with everyone if they’re willing to work with me.”

James Wagstaff, one of the residents affected, withdrew his support for Kurek’s expansion on Wednesday, stating concern over the growth of commercial land in Wellsville. “I’m in agreement with the other residents,” Wagstaff said. “I don’t want to see commercial areas grow.”

Several residents in attendance expressed similar concerns, stating that neighborhoods in the area should be kept that way and not turned into commercial areas.

“It’s a tough decision,” Councilman Carl Leatham said. “I have friends on both sides and regardless of what happens one side loses.”

“It’s really hard to tell people what to do with their property,” Councilwoman Glenna Peterson said.


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