An issue that has been the focal point of many City Council meetings is brought to a conclusion tonight.
In a count of five to three, Council voted to pass a legislation that rezones the former YMCA property from residential to commercial. In doing so, the current owner of the property, Ryan Dodson, can move his American Pride business to the site. This is the second time Council has voted on the issue, and this time around, a different decision was reached but it wasn’t made without a long, hard fight.
"If I would have known what it was going to feel like, bringing it before Council, probably wouldn’t have done it probably would have let somebody else do it," says Councilman Andrew Roberts.
Councilman Roberts along with Councilman Jeffery Tilton brought the legislation before Council. They have supported rezoning the property since the beginning.
"The property is surrounded by 70, it is abutting a commercial zone, regardless of who moves there, it is a commercial piece of property," says Councilman Roberts.
The new ordinance will take effect in 30 days.
In other Council news, an ordinance to revise and rezone 495 Wayne Avenue was also passed. It rezones the location from residential to commercial. Council also passed legislation that authorizes the city to contract with the lowest bidder to pave alleyways throughout the city. The estimated cost is $50,000.