Discussion of potential rezoning turned into a heated debate at the monthly meeting of the Area Plan Commission (APC) on Tuesday.

JNT Investment, being represented by Scott and Don Barnes, was the first to approach the commission. They were seeking to establish a Pizza King on Moscow Road. This was met with serious contention from neighbors and nearby landowners.

"We think Greensburg is growing north," Scott Barnes stated. "We want to be part of that."

Barnes noted that, if granted the rezone, he would hope to be an asset to the neighborhood. Barnes tried to head off concern from audience members early. He said he would not be selling beer or

wine at the establishment, but that did little to cool the growing tension.

According to Barnes, the restaurant would face Moscow Road. This created issues with APC member Bruce Bockover. He expressed concern with commercial trucks needing to use residential streets.

APC member Roy Middendorf concurred with Bockover.

"This is a lot like spot zoning," Middendorf said. "And I have always been very much against that. I would like to see that area stay residential."

Middendorf went on to say that he was worried about possibly setting a precedent.

The other commission members were also leary about granting the rezoning. Their concerns stemmed from the potential business's proximity to homes, especially as there were several nearby commercial zones.

Concerned citizens noted their fears about possible odors, noise and trash build-up. Barnes received no support from those who had come to the meeting.

"I can't say yes at this particular time," commission member Herb

Hunter said.

The members did not need to vote yes or no, as the issue died without a motion.

Next before the commission was William Neal, requesting site plan approval on Main Street. The forthcoming business at the location in question was a meat shop, but the issue for the commission was the sale of firearms at the adjacent office space.

According to Neal, the store would not be a large retail outlet for firearms. Rather, it would be a more personal atmosphere for firearms as collectibles.

"We'd have collector firearms that are never fired," he explained to the commission members.

Neal had already procurred a federal firearms license, and said he just needed to go through the proper channels to get his business eventually up and running.

The commission approved the request unanimously.

The APC then prepared for the final issue on the agenda. Julie McCoy-Lange of Bob Isgrigg and Associates, spoke to the commission on behalf of Phil Datillo, who was requesting plan approval for a car wash behind the Waffle House. The area is currently a vacant lot.

According to McCoy-Lange, there would be a vacuum area outside the car wash, parking spaces and landscaping projects that would improve the area's aesthetic value. There is already an entrance to

the site, but Datillo may resurface it if necessary. The commission approved the request unanimously.

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