Wednesday, October 3, 2007
The Springdale Planning Commission tabled a request by Haley Properties, which operates Shiloh Steel Fabricators, for rezoning of property at 200 E. Arkansas 264 from residential to light industrial. Residents living on Hickory Street, adjacent to the property, objected and said that the company already was using the land for debris which they piled next to the fence. They presented a petition with signatures of 95% of the street's residents against rezoning to industrial.
The residents said a meeting with Mark Brewer, representing the company, ended with a take-it-or-leave-it threat to build unsightly shacks on the land, although there were no explicit remarks about the ethnicity of the anticipated renters. According to neighbor Les Rau, "They said if we didn't support the industrial rezoning, they would build 1,100-square-foot, cinderblock houses with tin roofs."
Chuck Haley of Shiloh Steel said that sharing their proposal to build low-income housing in the neighborhood was merely a presentation of possible options the company had for the property if the rezoning requested was denied. How thoughtful.