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Some against Gluckstadt neighborhood rezoning

GLUCKSTADT, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Would you like to live right next to a gas station?

That could happen in Gluckstadt, but first the property has to be rezoned. Several residents said they don't want it to happen.

It's the source of much debate in Madison County: this piece of land on the corner of Catlett Road and Stribling Road Extension.

"I'm not happy about it at all. Where we are right now, we've been here all our lives. We have small kids. For a convenience store, gas station, whatever they want to call it, to be right here, it's a little disturbing," said resident Tim McElroy.

McElroy lives right across the street from the eight-acre area, which could be rezoned as a commercial development.

The first new tenant there: a gas station, according to conceptual plans.

McElroy said traffic and safety for his kids is already a concern, and the new development would only make things worse.

"This area has always been noncommercial. There's other locations in this area where they could possibly put a convenience store to service the people they say they're trying to service that's already commercial," McElroy added.

Then there's Sheila Gonseth. Her biggest concern, future commercial development if this goes through.

"This is all residential or agricultural area. We have new neighborhoods that have popped up in the last five years. It's just not a place for commercial development," Gonseth said.

With a public hearing looming on March 3 with the Madison County Board of Supervisors, Gonseth said time is running out.

"The problem is, a lot of people don't know that they're proposing to do this because it has not been advertised," Gonseth added.

Because of that, she and others put together a Facebook page for those against the rezoning.

More than 200 people have already joined up.

Gonseth said she's hoping supervisors will listen.

"We moved out here because we wanted quiet and a country/rural area, and that's gonna go away if they start development," Gonseth added.


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