More than 80 people signed a petition against the facility, citing worries about traffic and safety.
“It didn’t look favorable to me as far as getting the project off of the ground,” said Castle, a Moorefield Twp. resident. “I felt like the commissioners wouldn’t OK it, so I decided to pull it and fix some things.”
The business would have had a low impact on the neighborhood, he said, and brought tax revenue to the county.
“It was all positive,” Castle said.
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Moorefield Twp. Board of Trustees also submitted a letter requesting the county deny the rezoning.
“This intersection already has a history of serious and fatal accidents,” the letter reads.
However there’s nothing that can be done about the traffic, Castle said. No caution lights or warning signs have been erected by the Ohio Department of Transportation, he said.
“If the state feels like there’s a traffic issue there, they would’ve done something about it,” Castle said.
Tom Tavenner organized the online petition against the proposed business. The intersection has seen 17 crashes since 2011, according to Ohio State Highway Patrol data.
“The rezoning application got everybody to say ‘enough is enough,’” Tavenner said. “We have to do something about this intersection before we add more traffic there.”
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The petition was not a personal attack at Castle, Tavenner said.
“It had nothing to do with anything other than safety at the intersection,” he said. “It had nothing to do with Mr. Castle. It was about traffic and property damage.”