Moratorium Vetoed

Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry made good on a promise to veto a moratorium approved earlier this week by the city council.

The moratorium prohibited the issuance of commercial building permits in midtown. In all, 100 blocks were affected.

The moratorium was prompted by an effort to open a Dollar General store next to the Poplar Springs Historic District.


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  • by Carolynn on Jun 8, 2012 at 06:05 AM
    We can thank Councilman "Booby" Smith and James Harwell for getting a petition together to STOP the development of the dollar general property on 24th Avenue and 18th street. It was a perfect location. Harwel and Smith are personally responsible for the investors moving their site to the poplar springs district.They did not give facts only what they desired. This case went before the planning commission and was passed 8-0. Everyone agreed this was a great move for the City of Meridian. Be sure and thank them personally for protecting our Poplar Springs Historical neighborhood.
  • by MJ on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:16 PM
    There are numerous businesses in that area and have been for decades. Why all the hate for Dollar General? I would think residents would be glad to have one of the unoccupied, dilapidated buildings replaced. Plus, even though there are some nice houses nearby, most are the ordinary type that I live in myself. The neighborhood has been transitioning for a long time.
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      by Dawn on Jun 7, 2012 at 07:59 PM in reply to MJ
      MJ is right. Most residents in the proposed permanent "historical district are in modest homes and could not begin to comply to a historical commission mandatory code. Most have no idea what this would mean if permanently put in place. If my neighbors are so worried about the influx of retail destroying our beautiful neighborhood,they should first clean up and buy up the abandoned houses and overgrown lots that are very prominent right off any side street on Poplar Springs-this is far worse situation for our children, pets and safety than big bad Dollar General. This is a neighborhood problem that cannot be solved by city hall!
  • by Dawn Location: historic district home owner on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:53 PM
    Good job Mayor! If a few residents who opposed the original location of the Dollar General had let it be,and not stirred up trouble without having all the facts, all would be okay. We have always been in an honary historical district- the original proposal by Dollar General was for a brick building and landscape with good lighting-unlike so many other business that are in metal buildings and doing business in the historic district already. Thanks to alot of misinformation spread by a few-this has become a major issue-and it was not started by the city or the mayor but a few individuals who want things their way to benefit them and not the city as a whole. Take a look around the historic district, those who are stirring the pot have the worst looking property- unmowed grass, junk,weeds, and even own property that is in deplorable condition- clean up your own mess before creating another one please.
  • by Sam Location: Poplar Springs on Jun 7, 2012 at 02:38 PM
    I would hate to have a General Dollar across the street from my home. In 20 years 24th Ave will look like 8th St and Poplar Springs Drive will look like 24th Ave. On Cherry Berry's watch we have lost the renovation of the Threefoot building, we have lost Riley Hospital and the large amount of taxes they paid, and no one seems to know what is going on with the new police station. It's time for a new mayor.
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      by Not Surprised on Jun 7, 2012 at 03:39 PM in reply to Sam
      We needed to back out of the threefoot deal, it's a white elephant. If it was so commercially viable, businesses would be begging to renovate it. Perhaps if the old mayor hadn't spent so much money renovating the city palace, I mean hall, maybe there would be money available for the police station.
  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Jun 7, 2012 at 01:35 PM
    Good job. If property has been zoned commercial for years as she states the City Council made a bad move in passing a moratorium. Isn't there all ready a gas station,a drug store and a run down shopping center in the area?
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