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Family ice cream business starts work on new store

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Lisa Dunlap Photos The new Yoli’s Paletería will be on South Main Street near Poe Street. Inset Photo: The current location of Yoli’s Paletería is in a commercial building in the 500 block of West Second Street.

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A local family is starting construction work on a new location for its ice cream business.

Site work has begun at 1910 and 1912 S. Main Street, near Poe Street, as one of the steps in building a new store.

“It is going to be the new Yoli’s Paletería,” said Uriel Leyva, the son of the South Main property owners Yolanda Hernandez-Leyva and Baudelio Leyva-Sanchez.

Leyva said that Yoli’s has been in business in Roswell about eight years and, in recent years, has been renting space at 510 W. Second St.

The business will own the new building, Leyva said. He added that the store is expected to open sometime this year, although he is not certain exactly when.

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Leyva said the business employs about six to seven people, many of them family members.

The new location, being built on two lots of 12,035 square feet each, according to Chaves County property records, will be a bit larger than the current location in one of the units of an office and retail building.

“We are trying to do our best to provide as much comfort as possible to our customers,” Leyva said.

He acknowledged that part of the reason for the move is concern about contaminants in the commercial building where the store is now located.

An October 2017 report by a contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency concluded that vapor intrusion studies conducted in summer 2017 at the commercial building found levels of perchlorethene, or PCE, above the guidelines established by the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. The highest levels of the contamination was measured in an unoccupied part of the building, an EPA spokeswoman said in Februay 2018. A building representative chose not to comment at that time.

The report recommended mitigation measures to guard against the possible “risk to human health.” Those prevention methods could consist of passive venting, installing vapor barriers or sealing building openings, the spokeswoman said, who added that the possible effects of the vapor intrusion could be headaches, dizziness and drowsiness.

The area known as the Lea Street and West Second Street Superfund Site consists of four different areas covering about 156 acres and is the result of plumes of underground contaminants from leaks or spills of chemicals from dry cleaning operations in the 1960s. Officials believe it is also possible that underground fuel tanks leaked in the area as well. Federal, state and city officials have been working for about nine years to contain and clean up a second Superfund site in Roswell, which has its point of origin at McGaffey and Main streets but now consists of about 550 acres.

The Yoli’s construction represents the third ice cream store project underway along Main Street, with the other two located on North Main Street.

Sippy and Opal’s Ice Cream and Sweet Treats is under construction on the ground floor of the Fisk Building at East Fourth Street, while a combination Dunkin’ Donuts-Baskin Robbins store is being built at West Eighth Street.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 311, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.