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City council votes no Dollar General
PENSACOLA -- After months of voicing their concerns people living along Spanish Trail and the surrounding areas are breathing a sigh of relief since Pensacola's city council rejected a proposal that would allow a Dollar General to be built at the corner of Summit Blvd and Spanish Trail.
Jackie Andrews has lived off of Spanish Trail for nearly 20 years.
She's seen the area grow and evolve.
Once she and some of her neighbors learned Dollar General wanted to set up shop in their neighborhood, they rallied together to stop it.
"I think we were successful because we did tell our neighbors and our friends to take a stand for this issue" said Jackie Andrews, Resident
They were concerned about the impact a Dollar General would have on the area.
"If the zoning was changed, it would open up other kinds of things that we'd not like to have" said Andrews.
"We don't need a whole bunch of traffic we have pets and children and elderly people and we just don't need that sort of thing around here" said Sue Cobbs, Resident.
Across from the property in question are office space, apartments, and a church.
"We have some professional offices up and down Spanish Trail but I don't think that's the same as a retail store" said Janet Sharpe, Resident
The property is owned by East Hill Baptist Church, and not currently zoned for commercial use.
Dollar General tried to convince the city to change the zoning.
But the Pensacola City Council voted to keep the property the same, which means no Dollar General.