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Salem Planning Commission Rejects Zoning Change For Baseball Training Facility

By Bruce Kropp, WJBD News

The Salem Planning Commission has rejected a request for rezoning just over three acres of land at the intersection of South College and West Lake from residential to general commercial.  

Larry Rubin of Andrews Court in Salem had sought the change to develop a youth baseball training facility in a 40 by 80 foot building he planned to build on the property.  

The 'no' vote came after the commission received a petition signed by ten neighbors and heard testimony from three of them who were all against the rezoning.   The neighboring property owners cited concerns about increased traffic and noise, and safety for children walking to the facility because of a lack of sidewalks.   

Rubin feels they have a great business plan and are anxious to move forward, but isn't sure how they will proceed.   Rubin could ask the Salem City Council to overrule the planning commission on the rezoning request or look for another property.   

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