I am new to Cyburbia, and would like help with a dilemma.
I am developing a small area plan for a distressed urban neighborhood in central Baltimore. The neighborhood has a jumble of different land uses, but is primarily residential and has a commercial corridor we contemplate redeveloping for office, retail, and high-density residential uses. On this corridor is a grandfathered slaughterhouse (abattoir). The business has been in operation since about 1860 when the street was known as "Slaughterhouse Row" or something to that effect. All other slaughterhouses in the area have since closed or moved, and other existing slaughterhouses in Baltimore are in industrial-zoned areas. My instinct says that the remaining slaughterhouse should also move, but our economic development department refuses to find a more appropriate location and has been in discussions with the abattoir owners to expand the facility. They are interested in retaining the unionized jobs the facility offers, and they maintain that a modern facility would eliminate many of the problems the residents are having now-- bad smells, the occasional loose cow (I've heard stories, but I'm not sure if this still happens), and sanitation issues.
This slaughterhouse has apparently been an issue before in past revitalization attempts. Residents say that the facility's refusal to move nixed private and public commitments to invest.
- Has anyone dealt with this in an urban setting before? What solutions did you come up with? Can communities and abattoirs peacefully co-exist?
- What are modern standards for abattoirs? Do they contemplate locations in urban settings? Are there different standards for urban versus rural or industrial facilities?
Any help you could provide would be greatly appreciated. Obviously, I'd like information that supports my position, but I'd also appreciate examples where this situation has been successfully handled. Thanks!