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Residents appeal zone change on Telegraph Ave.

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CHICOPEE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

A few weeks ago, City Councilors in Chicopee approved a zone change that would allow Westover Building Supply to build a large garage.

But the fight isn't over. Residents tell Western Mass News that they appealed the zone change on Friday. 

Sue Nimcheck has been outspoken on the issues she sees on Telegraph Avenue.

"You have huge heavy industrial trucks, barreling down Prospect Street. Congestion at intersections and everything spilling over into James St.," said Nimcheck.

A Ward 9 Neighborhood meeting was held Monday night to address some of those concerns.

Nimcheck and others have argued Westover Building Supply causes excessive noise and is unsafe for children.

"You have children walking right across town which is a major problem walking to school," said Nimcheck. 

Mayor Richard Kos and Police Chief William Jebb say they are working on a solution.

"All of this is a work in progress. We're changing and we're redistricting a lot of our schools. So, our middle school which has more walkers is going to be changed to an elementary school so we're looking to see how those diameters change," said Kos. 

Meanwhile, the school committee is also looking at a study that would add sidewalks on Telegraph Avenue.

"We are looking at the size of the trucks that are in that particular business and how it effects Telegraph Avenue students walking to and from school, as well as children that aren't in schools but are using Telegraph Avenue," said School Committee member Marybeth Costello. 

Nimcheck filed the appeal on Friday. She says she hopes when all of this is done, her home will feel like home, once again.

"The outcome is to have our backyards back, our streets, and our neighborhood," said Nimcheck. 

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