Nick McWilliams reporting – During a public hearing prior to the week’s council meeting, residents of New Philadelphia expressed concern over the dividing up of a neighborhood.

The meeting pertaining to the rezoning of properties owned by Pace Landscape Supply on both Carrie Avenue and Kaderly Street from residential to business spawned a turnout of nearly 10 concerned residents.

Those in attendance mentioned concerns over spot-zoning and the potential for businesses and other commercial property showing up on their doorsteps where homes and families used to reside.

Councilmember John Zucal agreed with residents over concerns of potentially dividing areas into too many pieces.

“I hear what you’re saying out there, folks. I’ve also heard Mr. Pace making a commitment to helping the neighborhood, in what has been an existing business area for quite a while now. I do have those same concerns, though, about spot-zoning and continue to encroach on residential neighborhoods.”

Zucal did add, however, council continually weighs factors such as potential strain and displeasure the decisions put on area families.

Owner Mike Pace made a promise to better the community, adding he will attempt to reduce dust from his complex, one of the numerous complaints from residents.

Council unanimously passed the measure for the rezoning.

(Photo: Partial zoning map of New Phila)

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