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Prichard resident says council stopping go-kart business from opening

PRICHARD, AL (WALA) -

A man in Prichard says his business is in gridlock because he's waiting for the city council to act. He needs Prichard City Council to approve the rezoning of a residential area so his business can open.

Reginald Davis says things are up in limbo. His property doesn't even have an address. He wants to use it for go-kart racing, a petting zoo, and a community vegetable garden.

After weeks of discussion during council meetings about it, the council says it just doesn't have enough information to vote on it.

Its been a long road for Reginald Davis. His business was shut down after being open for only 7 days.

"Right now the property is R-1 which is residential, single family home. I can't legally do business as a residential single family property," said Reginald Davis.

Davis says he wants his business autobahn to bring much-needed entertainment for families in Prichard and Eight Mile.

"I also provide family entertainment with my go-kart track and also farm visits for kids to come out and see the animals," he said.

Davis has hit some roadblocks. The city says he was running his business illegally. So he's had to get the property rezoned. That's where the problem comes.

"We followed all of the procedures and protocols for the city of Prichard. We submitted everything to the planning commission. The planning commission approved all of our documents, we had a complete packet," said Davis' wife Shermanita Davis.

We've been to the past two Prichard City Council meetings where this has been on the agenda. Last week some residents who were there did not support the rezoning. 

"I'm retired. Its peaceful up there. I do not want it there. It may not matter what I'm saying but I do not want it up there. I am truly against it," said one resident who lives in the area.

District 2 Councilwoman Severia Campbell-Morris spoke at the council meeting. She says its a good venture, just not in the right spot. Davis says the purpose of this is bigger than a location.

"We had people say that if they were not out here riding, its no telling what they would have been getting into.""This is a positive thing for the community. Its positive for families," said Shermanita.

"You telling me I'm in a bad spot? No, I'm in the right spot. This where God sent me," added Reginald.

We reached out to Councilwoman Morris but we haven't heard back. Davis says the vote for rezoning is back on the agenda for tomorrow night's council meeting.

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