CORUNNA — A proposal to rezone property in New Haven Township which would allow a custom cabinet-making company to expand was approved Thursday by a unanimous vote of the Shiawassee County Board of Commissioners.

Without discussion, the panel voted 7-0 to approve the rezoning of a parcel on Six Mile Creek Road near M-52, site of Hemenway Custom Wood Furnishings.

The property currently is zoned one-family rural residential, and Hemenway’s existing facility meets the requirements for that zoning. However, an expansion would require changing the zoning to light industrial.

Several government bodies previously recommended the rezoning: The New Haven Planning Commission, New Haven Township Board and Shiawassee County Planning Commission.

Business owner Nathan Hemenway, 42, an Owosso native, has said he plans to increase the size of his 5,000-square-foot building by 3,000 square feet. He said business growth prompted the plan to expand.

Hemenway Custom Wood Furnishings has four full-time employees, plus Hemenway. The crew makes custom kitchen, bathroom and other cabinetry for clients across the United States.

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