Brookville Borough Council Approves Rezoning

BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) – The Brookville Borough Council held a zoning hearing on Tuesday and subsequently unanimously approved an ordinance to rezone several properties in the area of Pickering Street.

The rezoning includes a change for the property housing Buff’s Ice Cream, which remains zoned as residential, despite the fact the business has been there for decades.

However, the more controversial aspect of the change in zoning is a change for a property at 7 South Pickering Street owned by Donna Jackson and her family. The change will allow Jackson to establish and operate a new antique business on the property.

“It would keep it commercial all along Creek Street,” Borough Solicitor Jim Dennison noted.

Jackson was in attendance at the meeting to speak in support of the change.

“We just want to try to bring some business into Brookville,” she stated.

While Dennison noted that the Planning Commission voted in favor of the change, some opposition was also noted in the form of a letter, read at the meeting by request of the senders, Janet and William Kelly, who own a neighboring property.

“I understand her house is to become an antique store,” the letter stated.

“What worries me the most is what could happen to that corner in the future if her house was razed, the property sold, and/or new construction proceeded in the office/commercial designation. Devaluation of our property, obstruction of the view of the town, noise, and business parking are but a few of my concerns.”

“I would hate to see our piece of Brookville tarnished by this property change in zoning status. What is being proposed as a small business now holds larger implications for the future, especially if the property is sold and redeveloped.”

Jackson offered some rebuttal, noting that her son still planned to live on the property, while also operating the business, and would most likely convert it back into a primary residence in the future.

“I think he would probably eventually get married and we would probably not have the shop in there and it would be his home eventually. I don’t think there will be much of a problem in that aspect,” Jackson said.

Jackson also noted that the garage behind the house, as well as the rear porch of the house, will be taken down to create space for parking.

Other Business

In other business the council:

  • Announced leaf pick-up will be April 22 to 26.
  • Approved placement of an advertisement for a police secretary.
  • Approved placement of an advertisement to be placed for lifeguards for Walter Dick Memorial Park.
  • Approved a motion to allow borough public works employees to assist in the hauling of materials and grading at the site of the Kayak Launch project sponsored by the Redbank Valley Trail Association on the southeast side of the White Street Bridge.

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