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A rezoning decision by the Mount Airy Board of Commissioners will allow a veterinary hospital to expand, including an increased capacity for larger animals.


“It’s good to see a local business running out of room,” Commissioner Jim Armbrister said regarding last week’s unanimous vote affecting Animal Medical Services on West Lebanon Street.


Dr. Clark Fincher, the owner of the operation launched 20 years ago, asked to have the zoning for an .57-acre parcel adjoining his property changed from R-4 (residential and office) to B-2 (general business). He is seeking to buy that land, located at 1223 W. Lebanon St., which now contains a house, and expand the veterinary hospital.


“The reason we would like to have this changed is we’re running out of space,” Fincher said during a public hearing preceding the commissioners’ vote, which produced no opposition to the move.


He described the site as being located near Food Lion on West Lebanon Street.


Fincher said he plans to clean up the property, which possibly will be used as office space and to enlarge the veterinary hospital’s parking area, according to city documents regarding the rezoning.


It also could provide a location for hauling in larger animals for treatment and eventually the placement of a barn-type structure for such animals.


However, there will be no overnight hospitalization of them and only day treatment, under the plan presented.


Rezoning the adjoining property would “greatly enhance” the veterinary operation, Fincher said, “and I’ll make sure it looks good for the city, too.”


“This is a pretty straightforward rezoning request,” city planner Andy Goodall said.


The Mount Airy Planning Board reviewed the proposed change in June and recommended its approval.


Officials say the rezoning conforms to a long-range land-use plan for Mount Airy which recommends office and institutional uses at the northern edge of the West Lebanon Street corridor. The move also is considered to be consistent with adjacent non-residential zoning districts.


Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

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