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Commission to consider Ergon rezoning

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Facilities of Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions Inc. are shown in this September file photo. The company has an agreement to purchase two parcels from the city for $340,000, plus other financial considerations, so that it can expand. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission is due to consider a rezoning request tonight that has become part of a deal to sell Roswell Air Center land.

Ergon Asphalt and Emulsions Inc., a current tenant at 49 E. Martin St., has entered an agreement to purchase two parcels from the city for $340,000, plus several other financial considerations, so that it can expand its business.

After many months of discussions among various city government groups, the Roswell City Council voted Nov. 12 to approve the sale.

But City Manager Joe Neeb told city councilors before the vote that Ergon had determined during its due diligence process that the western parcel, now vacant, is zoned Residential 3. The parcel has single-family homes to the west, with industrial properties nearby as well.

As a condition of the sale, the company wants the city to rezone the residential tract of about 6.6 acres to heavy industrial, or Industrial 2, like the eastern parcel so that the land can be used for any future business expansion the company undertakes.

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In presenting the city’s request to the Planning and Zoning Commission, city staff state that Ergon has agreed to plant trees around the northern and western borders of the property to separate its operations from nearby homes and a park. It also indicates that the city previously had identified the tract being considered for rezoning as an industrial tract when it was developing its long-term development plans for the area.

City documents also indicate that no written or verbal protests from nearby property owners had been received by Thursday when the city posted the agenda on its website, www.roswell-nm.gov.

The matter is scheduled to be heard at 6 p.m. tonight. While some people will meet in person at the Roswell Convention & Civic Center, the public is encouraged to participate by phone or online. The weblink is https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/518430445. The phone number is 786-535-3211. The access code is 518-430-445.