Panhandle Cleaning and Restoration says that their current space is filled to capacity, so they’re looking at a separate lot off of Jacob Street to expand their warehouse space.
The problem with that lot is that it is in a commercial zone, not an industrial zone. So, one of the first steps was taken at Monday night’s Wheeling planning commission meeting where they have to request a zone change.
The idea was proposed to the planning commission, but it didn’t go without a hitch. Concerns were brought up by some of the local residents about children playing around the lot, the blocking of a nearby alley, and lack of parking.
Carla Vessels owns nearby property and she says, “I’m absolutely all for development in that area, but I’d also like for them to take into consideration the residents and children in the area, not to mention the school teachers having a place to park as well.” Bob Contraguerro, the Vice President for Panhandle Cleaning & Restoration, said, “we would definitely work with the community to try and address every one of their concerns that we possibly can to try and lessen the burden on any of the community.”
Carla did say that if they were to reconsider their plan and possibly downsize the lot, that could change her mind. The planning commission voted to send the issue to zoning and for them to make a recommendation. That meeting will take place June 4th.