The city council has now voted to rezone a half an acre lot just off HWY 45 and 22nd Ave. to a commercial property. “I rent equipment mainly to people who can’t afford to go to the larger equipment stores in Meridian. Just about all the equipment I have is at a fraction of the cost of the bigger equipment companies in the area,” said Richie Miska.
Miska has owned the property for a few months now and hopes to expand his business, but one resident in the area is speaking out against it. “It’s in a residential area, it was residential zoning. All of these houses surrounding it are residential and are between $120,000 to $130,000 homes. We can’t afford to have anything commercial coming in and bringing our property values down,’’ said Nan Casciaro who lives directly across from the property. Miska has invested around 7,500 dollars into the property and says that it will be beneficial to the area. “This is going to be a nice area. Everything is going to be kept up, nice and neat, well-managed. It’ll definitely bring the area up—it’s not going to bring it down.” However, Casciaro said if anything besides a home is to be placed here, it needs to be some thing community-oriented.
“It’s going to have to be something that benefits the neighborhood. If he had not come in with the bulldozer and tore down all the fencing, tore down all the concrete—there was a lot of concrete here and put it in the pool—then someone could’ve taken it and made another recreational center out of it,” said Casciaro. Miska claims he is simply hoping to encourage the small business community to continue growing and bringing revenue into Meridian. Casciaro claims she will not let this decision rest. “I’m going to fight it. I’m not going to give up. If we don’t get it settled with the city council and the zoning, then I’m going to take the steps necessary to get it changed.” All five council members voted to have the property re-zoned.