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City Council's Rezoning Approval Upsets Neighborhood

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Some Fergus Falls residents say a new business will soon be popping up in a residential area and there's no room for it.

In a little more than an hour, the garbage truck was the only vehicle to make it's way down Randy Irmen's street.

He likes it that way.

But Irmen's afraid that's soon going to change.

"What's upsetting to me is they tried to backdoor us with out us knowing," says Irmen.

Three of the vacant properties located across the street were recently purchased.
The new owner was hoping to change the zoning ordinance which would allow the property to go from residential to commercial.

"It could be a bar, car dealership, anything. There would be more lights and traffic," says Irmen.

The owners of the property took their zoning change to the planning and zoning commission but they denied the request. So on Monday, at the city commission meeting, those who live here thought this situation would be done and over with.

The city unanimously approved the change, but with a little bit of compromise.

"People who own lot say it would be just one lot and in coordination with our homes we have now," says Irmen.

Some of Irmen's neighbors are still up set with the final decision saying the city is only doing what's best for them.

Irmen says he's ok with the new plans for now.

Neighbors say the new owner of the property is planning on building a hair salon, which may house one of the businesses that was destroyed after the fire in the cities downtown earlier this summer.

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