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Longview city council unanimously approves beer garden rezoning request

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Published: May. 12, 2022 at 2:55 PM CDT|Updated: May. 12, 2022 at 11:08 PM CDT
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LONGVIEW, Texas (KLTV) - Some residents in a Longview neighborhood are concerned about a proposed beer garden and sports complex. A Longview developer is asking Longview City Council to rezone a plot of land in the 1000 block of Bill Owens Parkway from residential to commercial to build the sports complex/beer garden.

After a public hearing on Thursday night, the city council decided unanimously to approve the beer garden developer’s rezoning request. That’s in spite of a group of nearby residents who don’t want to see the project move forward.

Carla and Michael Ford live about four blocks from the site of the proposed sports complex/beer garden which will be between Bill Owens Parkway and Paul Boorman Trail.

“Our situation is not so much the facility itself. We’re concerned about alcohol and the traffic danger in that area,” Michael said.

And they’re not alone. Forty people have signed a petition delivered to city hall on May 10 asking city council to vote against rezoning the property. Michael and Carla think that stretch of Bill Owens Parkway could be dangerous if drivers were slowing to turn there.

“Just prior to reaching the facility, there’s a blind hill that the traffic has to encounter. And the people that are entering or leaving the facility are not in the sight of the drivers on Bill Owens,” Michael said.

The Fords use Paul Boorman Trail nearly every day, and think the proposed complex is too close to it.

“We’re concerned about safety. We don’t really want to have any outside interest on the Boorman Trail, other than the people that are there to exercise,” Michael said.

Carla thinks it may push wildlife elsewhere, or worse, with what could be increased traffic.

“The deer getting hurt and other animals that you see. It’s just kind of a stress reliever for me, because we live in the city, but you can go down there. And to me I get such peace and quiet,” Carla said.

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