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A local business owner and insurance agent is trying to start his new business, an RV park in the city of Halifax, and a few people spoke out in favor of this business at the city council meeting of ‘Halifax Tuesday.

The owner of the antique Toots Creek mall, Dean Jones, has submitted a zoning change request for the RV park on the plots of land adjacent to his antique mall. The land is currently zoned C-1 for commercial use.

The Halifax Planning Commission held a public hearing on the rezoning request on November 17, and Halifax City Manager Carl Espy told council on Tuesday they were still working with the commission to set conditions specific for the motorhome fleet.

During citizen comments, Jones asked council not to place a time limit on how long a person can stay at the RV park.

He told council there is no limit to how long guests can stay at a bed and breakfast, hotel or motel.

Jones also told council he had other possible locations for the RV park, but Halifax was his first choice.

Another condition Jones asked the council not to impose is to restrict recreational vehicles to 10 years or more.

He called it an “unfair difficulty” that would force him to locate the company elsewhere.

The Halifax-based business owner also spoke of the tourist dollars this RV park could bring to the area and the success he has enjoyed since taking over ownership of Toots Creek Antique Mall. He said sales for 2020 and 2021 broke sales records.

“The Toots Creek Antique Mall is a great asset to the city of Halifax and so will the RV Park. I leave you with this question. Where would you like to reap the extra income and benefits of a new RV fleet? Will it be the city of Halifax, the county of Halifax or the county of Pittsylvania? The decision is up to you, ”Jones said.

Ronnie Dixon, a salesperson at Toots Creek, also spoke on behalf of Jones, saying he was amazed at the time and effort Jones put into the Toots Creek remodel.

He also explained that the property adjacent to Toots Creek was covered in decrepit buildings, debris and a mess, but Jones cleaned it up.

Another person who worked under Jones, Leander Farson, also spoke in favor of allowing Jones to operate the RV Park.

She also spoke about the improvements Jones made to Toots Creek.

“We knew the necessary changes were long overdue. However, with the breath or the debt of what those changes would be, it’s beyond us, ”Farson said.

She believes Jones would continue to show the same level of expertise and professionalism with an RV park that he showed with Toots Creek.

Farson also mentioned the perks of having a RV park in Halifax, such as tax revenue and individuals spending money locally while dining in restaurants, buying basic necessities and taking advantage of the benefits. local entertainment.

“With the Dean Jones Seal of Approval on a job, you can have no doubts that it will be the best of the best. There is no second-rate status for a professional like Dean Jones. I feel compelled to say that if Dean Jones has the opportunity to build an RV park in the city of Halifax, it will be a win-win situation, ”she added.

No other comments or actions have been taken by the RV fleet council.

In another action Tuesday, council approved a resolution authorizing the purchase of the former Exon station on Main Street South at a cost of $ 220,000 plus $ 2,077 for closing costs.

Council unanimously approved the resolution following a motion from Councilor Malcolm Bowen and a second from Councilor Bill Covington. This motion followed a brief in camera discussion in council.

Mayor Dexter Gilliam said they would go ahead with the purchase contract and hope to close the property by the end of the year.

“The property has been recognized as a critical part of the city’s economic recovery, particularly in response to the pandemic, with plans to integrate the site with downtown parking, pedestrian traffic, and development for a climate. healthier business. The potential for potential commercial tenants in the building was also outlined in the City of Halifax Parking and Connectivity Initiative 2020 (aka “Downtown Halifax Connection Plan”), which captured visually two examples of adaptive re-uses for the Exxon property. The redevelopment of the property will tackle an underutilized vacant site that has hampered unification and connection with the surrounding downtown area, promote healthy and secure community engagement, and help attract more business. businesses in the region. The site has unlimited access and is located directly across from the Main Street storefronts, in the heart of the Historic Central Business District, ”as stated in a grant application.

The site could accommodate 15 parking spaces in the front and 25 in the back, according to Hill Studio-Kittleson’s Halifax Downtown Connections Plan.

The downtown Halifax connection plan also says that at night, weekends and holidays the open space could be used as a pedestrian activity space and they could keep the back site as parking. .

The Council also received the Halifax Police Service Monthly Report from Halifax Police Chief Stuart Comer.

Comer told council there were 12 misdemeanor arrests, 396 service calls, 36 traffic summons, 27 warnings and 24 enforcement activities during the month of November.

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