OREM The Orem City Council tried to find a happy medium Tuesday night between unhappy neighbors and anxious developers wanting a car lot on 800 North.
But by the end of the night, the council couldn't agree among themselves and denied a zoning request five votes to two that would have allowed the southwest corner of the Northgate complex to become a five-acre Murdock Hyundai dealership.
"I feel horrible," said Mayor Jerry Washburn after his "nay" vote whichthe vote he called the toughest vote he's had on the council.
But Councilwoman Margaret Black said she felt it was the right decision, based on the concerns of residents in the nearby Tuscan Villas, who opposed a dealership. They said it would ruin the "Italian village" they felt they were promised.
"I recognize what a value a car dealership is to the city (for a) tax benefit," Black said. "But I also recognize of keeping our word and when we give people an idea of what to expect, to invest their life in something, I just feel it's important to maintain that integrity, even at the expense of tax dollars."