Zoning Board Denies Changes To West Columbia Chicken Plant

After a strong showing of opposition...The West Columbia Board of Zoning Appeals denied the House of Raeford's request to make additions to their chicken processing plant.

West Columbia, SC (WLTX) - One by one West Columbia residents shared their opposition against House of Raeford making additions to their chicken processing plant in West Columbia.

"We need to send a message at this point in time that we need have a different vision for West Columbia," resident Barry Bolen said.

The company hoped to add room to their facility for an electrical system that would allow for more efficient refrigeration.

"I will tell you that in regard to the 16' x 16' building that we're putting on top. It's the size of probably most living rooms," company representative Chuck Underhill said.

Underhill said that the company has listened to the city's previous requests to beautify the area by power washing and painting walls, removing bike racks and cleaning up the overall facility, but it wasn't enough. The board unanimously voted to deny their request.

"I would just say that I am disappointed for them," Jen Thompson said.

Thompson came in support of House of Raeford.

"I've known them to be very generous to the community (and) to a bunch of nonprofits that do a bunch of good work in the community," she said.

Meanwhile you could hear the applause from the dozens in the crowd who came in opposition. The plant employs roughly 850 people and has been around for 60 years. The board did not address residents' concerns of the odor coming from the chicken plant.

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