Sherwood homeowner fears Public Works Dept. will move in next door

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Anthony Brown’s driveway takes you into the woods where you’ll find his doorstep.

“This is where we’ve decided to settle in,” Brown says.

He lives in a newly built home on six acres with his wife and two daughters, along Jacksonville Cato Road.

“It’s quiet. You don’t have the noisy traffic of the city,” Brown says.

But, there are a few new signs that to the Browns are speaking volumes.

“This right here is the property boundaries that Sherwood has bought,” Brown says pointing to a lot right next to his driveway.

The lot right next to their home is owned by the city. This week, Sherwood’s planning commission voted to recommend that area be re-zoned from residential to industrial.

A city official says the hope is to move Sherwood’s Public Works Department onto the lot next door to the Browns.

“Some of my big concerns about that are my big loss in property value,” Brown says.

He fears acres of trees will be replaced by acres of sanitation trucks; a possibility that already smells foul.

“I mean, this is our quality of life we’re talking about here,” Brown says.

Right now, the Public Works Department sits hidden down a hill along North Hills Boulevard.

If and when it relocates to Jacksonville Cato Road, not everyone plans to welcome them to the neighborhood.

The move is not final yet. The Sherwood city council would have to approve the move with a vote.

A vote on whether to move the Public Works Department is expected to happen at a future city council meeting.

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