When Jane Opper heard that a gun shop could be coming to a Woodbridge shopping plaza, something just didn't sit right with her.
"It just seems innappropriate. The teen center is just 100 yards away from it," she says. "It seems like a completely wrong place for a gun shop."
The Woodbridge Plan and Zoning Commission will be considering an application from Mike Majewski, who wants to open the Woodbridge Firearm Trading Post, LLC at 28 Selden St. in April.
"I believe that people should be allowed to have a registered gun, but I don't like the idea of the shop right close by to the teen center," Opper, an Orange resident with ties to the Amity Teen Center said. She said teens are planning to share their concerns with the Woodbridge Plan and Zoning Commission next Monday. The commission will discuss the application for a change of use at its montly meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Town Zoning Enforcement Officer Terry Gilbertson said his department takes the first shot at these applications. "My instinct was that this is a change of use, and it's something that the public has to hear and speak about."
"The commission has to make a finding that's in the best interest of the public welfare," Gilbertson said. "There are some communities that have stronger feelings about these things than others."
Gilbertson expects a lively exchange at Monday's meeting.