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Storage wars ends with Gering City Council's votes

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There won't be storage wars in Gering again anytime soon.

The Gering City Council has denied a special zoning exception for additional storage units on M Street.

The City Council voted seven to one denying Neal Smith's request to build three additional units to his storage building.

The rules adopted previously by the Planning Commission didn't allow for storage units at the location with current zoning.

Unaware of the rules, the commission voted for Smith's original zoning request with a four to three vote.

Smith says his project is only half finished and reiterated why he requested the zoning exception.

"I have a lot of vacancies, I really don't need to be building more, but as a lifelong resident of Gering, I want to finish a project."

Council member Manuel Escamilla says the council needs to keep in mind what they want Gering's main East - West street to look like, while other locals say the units would be better than an empty lot.

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