Neighboring businesses object to proposed pet crematory

Neighboring businesses object to proposed pet crematory

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Neighbors are teaming up in Salt Lake City to try to stop a pet crematory from moving in.

The new owners of a 115-year-old house at 1700 South between State and Main are hoping to turn its historic charm into a pet funeral home. They're also asking the city to change the zoning to allow them to cremate pets.

Other businesses in the area tell the Salt Lake Tribune the thought of a pet incinerator there is bizarre. Joni Sorensen, the owner of Joni's Deli, worries about the smell. The Tribune reports she started a petition against Major Street Pet Services signed by 76 business owners and residents.

But the funeral home developers say with modern technology, only water vapor and carbon dioxide is emitted, and it's odorless. They mailed neighbors information packets in June with facts about cremations.

According to the Tribune, property owners Earl and Jake Tate told the Salt Lake Planning Commission Wednesday their planned crematory is odorless and less intrusive than most restaurants.

The commission will vote on the issue in the coming weeks.


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