The debate continues with whether to rezone the former YMCA property on McIntire Avenue in Zanesville, and a local business needs the community’s support.
At last week’s City Council meeting, members tabled the issue to rezone the property until their next meeting. The piece of property is currently owned by the president of American Pride Ryan Dodson, but unless City Council agrees to rezone it, making it a commercial property, he cannot move his business to the site. Dodson has support, but he wants those people to speak up.
"The only way we’re going to get this done is if there’s enough positive pressure created on council to get it taken care of, otherwise we’ll have to take other steps."
Those opposing the issue want the property to remain residential and keep its park history. However, American Pride feels that the property is better-suited for a business.
"When the interstate came through and landlocked that piece of property. In my opinion, the use of that as a park was a foregone conclusion that that would not be the best use of that property," says Brian Addis, American Pride architect.
By relocating, American Pride would expand, which would create more jobs for the community.
"I just think the economy here in this local area, like many others right now desperately needs jobs to be created or saved and this is going to do that," says Brian King of Lepi Enterprises.
A public forum will be held Wednesday evening at 6:30 at First United Methodist Church on Putnam Avenue for the community to come out and discuss the issue.