Council says no to rezoning for proposed Waffle House in Gastonia

- Gastonia City Council voted no to a potential Waffle House on 2932 Union Road, an area where there is a mix of businesses and homes.

A house currently sits on the property, which is owned by Helen Lineberger Howard. She has moved out of Gastonia and is interested in selling the space.

Smith was approached by Waffle House representatives who expressed interest in potentially buying the property for development. They went to the Gastonia Planning Commission earlier this month and requested the land be rezoned from residential to commercial use.

The Gastonia Planning Commission denied the rezoning the request, but city council members have the ultimate say.

The rezoning request was presented again during a Tuesday city council meeting, where members also denied the request.

There is a neighborhood that is positioned directly behind the property. Concerned community members expressed worries over potential customers spilling into their neighborhood, an increase in water runoff and also having an eyesore of a business building. Neighbors were also unsure of how any business would work around a pipeline that runs through the property.

Even though the council voted no to this rezoning request, based on the city’s 2025 development plan, in the future, council members could rezone the property located on 2932 Union Road and nearby areas from residential to commercial.

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