The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen approved changes in the zoning regulations for Jefferson Station to open up the possibility of a YMCA being located there.
The former zoning regulations for Jefferson Station wouldn’t have allowed for the siting of a recreational facility at the location.
While the Aldermen unanimously approved the modifications at the regular monthly meeting Monday, Jan. 6, the possibility of a YMCA being located at Jefferson Station is still uncertain.
“There is a hope. I would hesitate to go beyond that at this point,” said Tom Banks, one of the property’s owners.
Banks also added, “There’s nothing to talk about, because nothing has been signed.”
Andrea B. Witherspoon of West Jefferson’s Regency Properties was mentioned during the meeting as the Realtor handling the property.
Attempts to contact Witherspoon to learn more about the negotiations were unsuccessful.
During the board’s meeting Monday night, Alderman Calvin Green asked if the newly-adopted zoning for the property could be changed back if the property isn’t sold for that purpose.
West Jefferson Town Planner Matthew Levy said the board has the authority to revert the zoning regulations.
Alderman John Reeves, who was a member of the town’s planning board prior to being elected as an alderman, said the planning board had unanimously approved changing the zoning regulations.
Reeves said if a YMCA was to move into Jefferson Station, the town’s tax base would be lowered because a YMCA is a nonprofit business.
However, he said, “it would be beneficial in the long run for residents.”
One of Jefferson Station’s residents, Jay Davis, supported the idea of having a YMCA move into the facility.
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