The Utica Common Council voting down the east Utica proposed location via an auto overlay. It was standing room only at the meeting on Wednesday. And the votes were 2 for and 7 against a zoning that would allow Stewart’s to build in east Utica on Culver Avenue. However, a west Utica Stewart’s location is not yet off the table.
41 speakers...2 and a half hours...and finally the votes are in. The Utica City Common Council voted in opposition of an auto overlay rezoning in east Utica. People from both sections of the city with varying opinions spoke their minds.
“It just amazes me that residents have so much say in what goes into a neighborhood, especially from a commercial standpoint,” says David Haddad, east Utica business owner.
“This should not be about money; it should be about the people. And this is for high traffic, not just for commercial,” says Christian Cannarelli, of east Utica.
And after 41 people came to the podium to speak their minds about their platforms, the votes were in. And the councilmen voted no for that auto overlay in east Utica. For Stewart’s that means back to the drawing board.
“We're not going to Culver Ave. in the form that it's in. We'll re-evaluate. We like the location. And as the residents say, if you go on a commercial piece we won't have any problems with it,” says Chuck Marshall, Stewart’s representative.
And for some residents this is exactly what they wanted to hear.
“I've lived there 52 years and i want to live there for the rest of my life, in a nice quiet neighborhood,” says Julia Gudlauski, of east Utica.
Now this doesn't mean that Stewart’s is completely voted out of Utica. This vote was only for the auto overlay rezoning in east Utica and the possibility of another location in east Utica is still possible as well as the location in west Utica.