DOTHAN, AL (WSFA) - Dothan city leaders have moved forward on zoning changes they hope will spur economic development in one of the city’s older communities.
There is a long list of just basic businesses needed in the historic district.
“Grocery store is needed here, a laundromat is needed here, a pharmacy is needed in this area,” said Tammie Potter, Co-Owner T.&T Potter LLC.
Potter owns several properties in the area -- and she wants to see that community boom.
“It’s so many different things that could come in and impact the community and make it better,” said Potter.
Tuesday, Dothan City Commissioners approved rezoning measures that would allow those much needed businesses to come in and set up shop.
“We want businesses to be able to flourish. The ways that we can do that as a city commission - certainly we can engage with local business owners, but zoning has a lot to do with that,” said Beth Kenward, Commissioner.
The commission approved rezoning over 150 properties around Newton, Burdeshaw, Cherry, Adams and Range from an H-I or L-I, which are zoned for industrial districts to a B-1 which is a central business district.
Now businesses in the area are properly zoned and new ones can come in that may have previously been denied.
“Unintentionally some of the zoning we had over there from the older days,” said Mayor Mark Saliba, “prevented them, so kind of blocking the way for some win wins over there.”
Business owners hope that the rezoning will not only promote economic development but increase property value in the area.
There was also a push to get the area rezoned because of the new senior assisted living community, located at the old Howell School, being built in that area.