HARRODSBURG - It was short, but probably not sweet to the people in attendance when the local zoning board voted unanimously to allow a zone change for property at 214 Mooreland Ave.
A special-called meeting was held to let board members decide on the zone-change request made to the Greater Harrodsburg/Mercer County Planning and Zoning Commission by property owner Phillip Gilbert.
The zone change from high-density residential to general business was fought by neighbors because, if permitted, it is likely that a house at that address will be torn down to make room for a new CVS Pharmacy on adjacent property facing U.S. 127 South. The last tenant of the strip mall was a Chinese restaurant.
The request has had a tortuous history. When the issue first came to the zoning panel in November, the votes for and against approval evenly were split with three votes on one side and three votes on the other. The votes came after a public hearing in which both sides expressed their views. The board decided to send the question to the Harrodsburg City Commission without a recommendation.