by Jackie Nunnery
HEATHSVILLE—Residents of the Fruit Plain Road area came out in force on Thursday, November 9, to urge Northumberland supervisors to deny a conditional use permit for a slaughterhouse. The board agreed, voting 5-0 to reject the request, citing its location among houses and secondary roads.
“I would like to see more business here and I know this man would do the best he can, but it looks like the residents don’t want it,” said board chairman Richard Haynie.
Wayne Nunnally, representing property owner Mohammad Dawood, said Dawood had purchased the agricultural-zoned, 24-acre parcel with the intention of opening the business and building a home for himself on the property.
According to a presentation by son Mohammad Dawood Jr., the project would consist of four self-contained modular units, much like shipping containers, to include a hoist, meat rail having system, skinning cradle and refrigeration along with a wastewater collection system. The facility would operate under USDA inspection….