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Bethel businessman appeals court ruling on proposed crematorium

An appeal has been filed by a business owner in Bethel who wanted to open a crematorium in Clarke Business Park.  A  Superior Court judge sided with the Bethel Planning and Zoning Commission that the panel could reject the proposal because it would have driven down property values, among other reasons.  The Newstimes reports that an attorney for business owner Shawn McLoughlin filed the appeal on Wednesday.  McLoughlin initially sued in 2015 after his application was rejected for two buildings, one of which would have been a crematorium, on his nearly 6-and-a-half acre property.  He owns a concrete business in the industrial park.  Some other tenants threatened to leave and residents vocally opposed the application.