City leaders consider rezoning request on Wood Street

City leaders consider rezoning request on Wood Street

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro city leaders postponed a decision to rezone part of Wood Street.

At their regular meeting on Tuesday night, the council voted to hold the proposal for one more reading.

According to council's agenda, Jet Properties wants to rezone the property at the corner of Wood Street and Alexander Drive.

If approved, the 1.5 acre piece of land would be rezoned from residential to commercial.

The measure does have stipulations which prevents certain businesses from going up on the lot.

The entrance to the lot would be limited to Alexander Drive.

Neighbors don't approve of the rezoning request and several expressed their concerns at Tuesday night's meeting.

Eric Kriner's property is located near Wood Street. He said this proposal comes with a lot of unknowns.

"We don't know what will be on the property," Kriner told council members. "We don't know if it will be a cell phone tower or a neon sign, a grocery store that needs a diesel to stock the store once or twice a week. We don't know if there's going to be a restaurant that needs a dumpster a few feet from my vegetable garden."

Kriner said he does not want this to affect his neighborhood.

"This is a really nice neighborhood. We really hope our property values won't be adversely affected by any kind of commercial rezoning," he said.

Others who live in the area say they love their neighborhood and don't want it to be negatively affected by potential businesses in that lot.

"It's a great place to live," Gary Rodgers, a resident of Wood Street, said. "We want to make sure whatever the decision is, that it remains a great place to live and we can all enjoy that."

It's unclear what Jet Properties plans to do with the piece of land.

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