Members of the Houston City Council held a hearing on a zoning request Monday.

Members of the Houston City Council on Monday declined to give a section of North Grand Avenue a downtown business zoning designation after hearing from citizens in the area.

The council, conducting a hearing before its regular meeting, heard from neighbors who said they didn’t want the change to be made. The request to the city came from Ernie Wills who had sought the rezoning for a piece of property that would be used as a business. Currently, the area has a residential zoning designation.

The proposal on the table would have given both the east and west sides of Grand Avenue a downtown business district designation.

Residents were able to express their opinions, and a petition also was given to the council opposing the move. City Administrator Larry Sutton said the Houston Planning and Zoning Commission also recommended not making a zoning change.

Wills, through a representative, said he didn’t want any friction with neighbors and would proceed to sell the house for residential usage.

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