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Relocation of probation and parole office
ESCAMBIA COUNTY -- PENSACOLA - The probation and parole office is expected to relocate from its current office space on Davis Highway into the old Coca-Cola Bottling plant on Palafox.
The move faces a few problems; first the city issued the wrong building permit. Community correction centers are zoned M-1, the building there're moving into is zoned C-3.
Also many residents living near the bottling plant oppose the move they fear it'll bring a string of problems.
Businesses near its current location speaking out about their experience with the Probation and Parole Office.
Amy William's works across the street from the probation office on Davis Highway. From her office desk, she can see the roughly 3,200 offenders come in and out of the probation office every month.
"They really need more room, they're always parked around the outside, and they do park over here every once in a while because it gets so busy over there" said Amy William's, W.D. Rogers Contractors Inc.
Over the weekend a bullet pierced the refrigerator in the store's break room. Employees notified police however there is nothing to indicate the bullet came from the probation office across the street since it's closed on weekends.
A block away from the probation office sits Eden Garden Supply. Paul Hinkston works at the store. He says the store has been near the probation office for about a year, and compared to its old location on Palafox and Brent Lane it seems safer now.
"It's never really been an issue, I mean half the time we forget that it's even there" said Paul Hinkston, Eden Garden Supply.
Despite the probation office facing potential zoning problems and opposition from North Hill residents at the Palafox location, businesses near its current spot believe the probation office won't be much of a problem.
"Just treat it like another business or government building in the area because that's really all it is" said Hinkston.
"It's not like they hang out, they go over there, they do their thing and then they leave" said Williams.
The probation and parole office is expected to move from its current location over to Palafox by April 1st.