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Artesia City Council approves vacation for Wendy’s

Construction is underway at the corner of Main and 11th streets in Artesia for a new Wendy’s restaurant. After some debate last Tuesday, the Artesia City Council voted to vacate of five feet of public right of way along the east side of the 100 block of South 11th Street. (Mike Smith Photo)

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ARTESIA — The Artesia City Council last week approved a measure to vacate 5 feet of public right of way along the east side of South 11th Street.

City records show that the request was made by Wendtesia and the Artesia Public Schools.

Construction is underway for a brand new Wendy’s restaurant at 11th and Main streets. The council approved the vacation. However, there was some discussion about it during the Jan. 23 meeting.

Councilors were told that the Planning and Zoning Commission reviewed the vacation and recommended approval by the council.

Margaret McCaleb told the council she was concerned that people would be parking near her driveway on 11th Street. The new burger joint is not very far from Artesia High School and most places around the high school get congested during the lunch hour.

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“My driveway backs out onto 11th Street,” McCaleb said.

Mayor Pro Tem Terry Hil asked if the entrances and exits would be close to her driveway.

Byron Landfair, infrastructure director, said the entrace will be on the south end and the exit will be on the north end.

District 3 Councilor Kent Bratcher said he was concerned about people turning onto 11th Street.

“It will be a busy street,” he said.

Bratcher said that traffic would probably be backed up from Main Street to Quay Avenue.

“It’s going to be a little choatic,” Bratcher said.

Toward the end of the discussion, Hill said people might be looking at taking an alternate route.

“I look for a lot congestation in that area, especially around opening time,” Hill said.

District 2 City Councilor Luis Florez, who also serves on the Artesia School Board, said he would be meeting with school officials to come up with a traffic plan.

“The whole school traffic situation is busy at that time,” he said.

Community Development Director Jim McGuire said the site plan and the building permit have already been approved. “(Wendy’s) needed more (room) on their property for parking and storm drain,” he said.

“It’s called Main Street for a reason,” said Artesia Mayor Phil Burch. “Wendy’s wants a lot of traffic there.”

Once the debate ended, the council approved the vacation.

General assignment reporter Mike Smith can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 307, or at sports2@rdrnews.com.

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