Letter to the editor: Ford house zoning change should be approved

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I’m sure that the comments and concerns surrounding zoning of the Ford property on South Main are sincere and well meant.  I am, however, troubled by what appear to be unfair and burdensome expectations placed on the property owner and criticisms of her plan to sell the property.    Classifying the property as commercial would seem to be quite reasonable considering the present disposition of Main Street.
The Ford property is now, and has been, surrounded by businesses for years: a retail business, a former beauty salon, the county firehouse, Owenton city offices, a former television sales and repair shop, a former funeral home, and, now, a new judicial center.  To my knowledge, there was no outcry when these businesses were established nor was the process so stringent.  
If the Ford house is being singled out for some reason, then the reason should be revealed.  Is it fair?  To all appearances, it seems not.  The message that this sends to those who might be considering moving to Owenton is not a good one.
I realize there is a church close by, but all the churches on Main Street are near commercial properties.
If there are those who want to preserve historical properties, surely it’s not expected of the owners to make unwise financial decisions when conducting their own personal business about their own personal property.  
Realistically, most of us don’t have the financial capability to create foundations for preservation of property or make large philanthropic endowments for such purposes.
As Owen County citizens, we have hopes of recruiting legitimate new businesses; we invite and encourage visitors, and we welcome new residents.  However, shouldn’t we first show the same respect and support for Owen County citizens who have lived here from birth, have raised families here, support businesses here and continue to live here in Owen County?  
That support, validation and feeling of family define a small town. That’s why people move to small towns; that’s why they stay in small towns; that’s why they return to small towns; and that’s why small towns still exist.

Beverly Mason