Potential new business causes stir in Tupelo neighborhood

A proposal to rezone a property on the corner of East Main Street and Shady Acres Drive for a laundromat has caused a stir among residents.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 10:49 PM
Updated: Aug. 9, 2018 8:51 AM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - A proposal to rezone a property on the corner of East Main Street and Shady Acres Drive for a laundromat has caused a stir among residents.

"Who would want to buy my house with a laundromat sitting 20 to 30 feet from my home," said Vandetta Walker.

Walker says she received a letter from the city, saying the residential property next door is proposed to be rezoned commercial.

That space will be the location for a Soap and Suds laundromat.

"The board wouldn’t want it," added Walker. "The people who are building it wouldn’t want it either. I don’t feel safe because I know what these laundromats bring."

Four other neighbors shared similar concerns.

"I’m concerned it’s going to bring more traffic and make the streets more dangerous for the kids," said Lisa Keith.

"We've got a laundromat across the street," added a woman whose initials are A.I. "We sure don’t need another one here."

The owner of Soap and Suds provided WTVA with a statement. It said in part:

"We feel we have always been an asset to the communities we serve and will continue to strive toward that goal in each location we operate.”

The area that would have to be rezoned would be about 35 feet of property.

Tupelo Development Services Director Shane Hooper says it’s still early in the process.

"Of that 35 feet, about 20 feet would be buffer," added Hooper. "When we say buffer, we mean some type of vegetation or a fence."

All parties involved will have an opportunity to speak before the City Council votes in early September.

"There is always a hope that there will be a consensus, that will stop appeals and make everybody happy," said Hooper.

Walker tells WTVA she plans to appeal if the City does not agree to build on only the commercial part of the property.

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