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Land Use Control Board votes against dairy’s upgrades

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Prairie Farms Dairy was hoping to get a facelift, but that might not be happening anytime soon after a vote from the Land Use Control Board.

On Thursday, they voted 7 to 1 against the company.

"I'm excited thrilled. We haven't won the fight yet. Still has to go through City Council but we're glad it's gone the way it has," said Sarah Goff.

The company has been here for 80 years. They plan to spend $10 million and expand 17,000 square feet. However, residents said this comes with a lot of problems including more trucks and more noise.

"Talking about increasing their biz by 40% that's going to be 40% more trucks coming down Madison Avenue."

Goff said she owns property just one block away.

"We're very concerned about pedestrian traffic and bicyclist. We had some people say they were almost hit by an 18 wheeler."

We spoke with Nathan Bricks, an attorney for the dairy. He said they do everything they can to accommodate their neighbors.

"We're proposing to add a very substantial 10 foot fence with a lot landscaping to help buffer the noise," he said.

He also said they've moved refrigerated trucks away from residents.

WREG noticed a lot of traffic near the dairy, so we asked if the noise level will get worse if the applications isn't approved by the City Council.

"The offsite improvement, the fencing and landscaping won't be done. Changes in configuration of the operation the trucks that are parked in the back will be moved to the front and will be right on the Madison front."