It’s the controversy over a convenience store. Specifically - it's proposed east Utica location. We've brought you the story from the very beginning. And tonight our coverage of the Stewart’s debate continues.
People from east and west Utica forming an alliance and coming together to protest outside Utica City Hall. Afterwards - they plan to attend tonight's common council meeting to make their voices heard.
When homeowners and businesses received a zoning letter in February, some were not please. Rezoning would have to take place in order for Stewart’s shops to build a convenience store on Culver Avenue in east Utica. But some in west Utica said they had the perfect home for new shop. The mayor saying he even offered two city-owned properties to Stewart’s. After several meetings, west and east Utica residents met with a Stewart’s representative. And he says their plan is to stay with the east Utica location.
"I had previously been contacted about coming to west Utica and I stand by the same message and that is that Stewart’s is excited to come to east Utica and if the store does as well as we anticipate it's likely there will be other places in the city that we will entertain," says Chuck Marshall, Stewart’s representative.