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Leesburg store plans center of community clash

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By Kate Rash

Ned Tawasha has a dream to own his own store.

Seven years after purchasing the land to build that store, Tawasha’s lot remains empty.

His plans remain on hold as he waits for two things - approval from the Cynthiana-Harrison County-Berry Joint Planning Commission on his site development plan and a judgment in the suit filed against him and the Cynthiana-Harrison County Berry Board of Adjustments.

“There wasn’t a doubt in our mind we would have the support of the Leesburg community,” Christine Tawasha said about the plan’s for her husband’s store at the corner of US 62 West and Newtown-Leesburg Road.

But the Tawashas aren’t receiving that community support they expected.

They’re receiving opposition.

“If my own son planned to do what Ned’s doing, I would oppose him just like I oppose Ned,” Leesburg resident Jane Thomas said.

Thomas lives within a half mile from Tawasha’s proposed store site.

“There are several reasons we would oppose a gas station in Leesburg,” she said.

For more on this story, see this week's print edition of The Cynthiana Democrat.