Walgreens Moves Residents Out

1 decade 10 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, August 22 2007 Aug 22, 2007 Wednesday, August 22, 2007 2:52:56 PM CDT August 22, 2007 in News

Homeowners Sam Guth and John Rupard battled the City of Fulton for more than a year to stop Walgreens from building behind their homes.

Their properties sit at 14th and Bluff street, right in front of the proposed Walgreens drive-through.

"We fought it at City Council tooth and nail, all through the end of last year, and finally it got passed against our opposition for rezoning," Guth said.

The families worry about increased traffic around their homes.

Instead of facing the possibility of losing money separately, they banded together to save their property values.

The two are selling their land as one parcel to entice developers to buy their homes.

"We both felt that they could benefit from our property by us selling together rather than just individually," Rupard said.

Guth and Rupard say that the city gave Walgreens the land based on illegal spot zoning. But the city sees otherwise.

"It's not spot zoning because there is commercial adjacent to it across Route Z," Fulton Mayor Charles Latham said. "There's no commercial in that particular block, but there is commercial adjacent to it."

They haven't had any offers yet, but Guth says a bank or a restaurant is the most likely candidate.

Mayor Latham says he will ask the council on Tuesday to consider a buffer zone between the Walgreens and the two families.

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