Movement on West End Plaza? City and County to discuss zoning

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - New leadership in the Rowan County Commission appears to be making an attempt to work with Salisbury city leaders when it comes to the West End Plaza.

Late on Friday it was announced that new County Commission Chairman Greg Edds and Vice Chairman Jim Greene will met with Salisbury Mayor Paul Woodson and Mayor Pro-Tem Maggie Blackwell on Monday at 3:00 pm at the Salisbury City Hall.

The announcement says that zoning for the West End Plaza will be discussed.

When Rowan County Commissioners voted to spend $3.45 million to buy the old Salisbury Mall, they said they wanted to use some of the empty spaces for county services and would move agencies such as the Board of Elections, Veterans Services, and possibly DSS and others to the mall.

Commissioner Craig Pierce even told WBTV that he envisioned using part of the 330,000 square foot mall as a family friendly place for pet adoptions from the Rowan Animal Shelter.

All of those plans were contingent on the Salisbury City Council issuing a special use permit to allow the mall, now named the West End Plaza, to be used for government services.

In September the Planning Board voted 7-2 in favor of approving the permit, but at the city council meeting that followed, no vote was taken.

In November when the issue came back before the council, members voted 4-1 to deny the permit.  Councilman Brian Miller cast the dissenting vote.

County leaders have said they plan to appeal the decision and are still hopeful of obtaining the permit.

Copyright 2014 WBTV. All rights reserved.