CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Charleston's Municipal Planning Commission voted Wednesday to recommend two ordinances be approved by the city. Both concern zoning.
The first, Bill No. 7610, is meant to accommodate Mountaineer Gas's plan to move its service center on Stockton Street on the West Side to Washington Street West in North Charleston.
Mountaineer Gas requested that a property at the northwest intersection of Washington Street West and 27th Street West be rezoned from an R-8 district to a C-10 district.
"R-8" is a "high density residential" district and "C-10" is a "general commercial" district.
The property is vacant and is already surrounded by general commercial zones to the south and west, though residential zones are on the north and east.
Mountaineer Gas intends to use the vacant parcel as a parking lot and for "material storage," according to documents the utility filed with the city. The service center itself will be located across 27th Street West from the property to be rezoned.
Ray Dodson, an attorney representing Mountaineer Gas, told the commission the utility has already purchased the property, and wanted its new service center to remain in Charleston.
"They wanted to stay in the city," he said.
Councilwoman Mary Jean Davis, an at-large Democrat who is also on the commission, said Councilman Bobby Haas, a Democrat representing the ward where the property is located is "extremely in favor of this."
Davis also said she wanted Mountaineer Gas to keep neighboring residences in mind when they move. She said the home that will be next door to the parking lot has been well-kept by its owners.