>Neighbors oppose new hardware shop
The Marilla Planning Board held a public hearing last week on a proposal by John Schubert of Two Rod Road to have seven acres rezoned so he can build and operate a small store and lumberyard. The site is across from the Marilla Free Library on Bullis Road.
Nearly two dozen residents attended the hearing. Jeanne and Pete Ziccardi, Bullis Road neighbors of Schubert's, said the business would adversely impact the neighborhood, increasing traffic on an already busy road.
Others wondered if it would be able to survive against hardware retail giants such as Lowe's and Home Depot. Schubert said he would not be competing against the larger stores, but emphasize personalized service.
He proposes a 2,500-square-foot retail store with an office, a small woodworking shop and an enclosed warehouse for storage. The Planning Board will review plans and meet again with Schubert next month.