Businesses Speak Out About New Zoning

The owners of several downtown Blythewood businesses spoke out during a public hearing Monday night during a special called Town Council meeting. Their businesses are located in the proposed Town Center District. The six speakers expressed concern about how and whether their current businesses would be impacted by the new District’s zoning requirements.

Victor Kocher, owner of the new Palmetto Gold and Pawn shop in McNulty Plaza, expressed concern that his business was actually not allowed in the district. His landlord, Darlene Clawson, asked whether Council might make a zoning exception of Kocher’s business or classify it as a thrift store.

Vanessa English, owner of the Wendy’s on Blythewood Road, said she was not sure why the town government was once again adding new restrictions to the town’s commercial zoning.

Also expressing concern that their businesses did not seem to meet the requirements for the district were Dwayne Bohanan of Storage Express and Ray Bryson of Pope Davis Tire.

Final vote by Council on the zoning could come in early December.

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