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City commission approves permit for planned business

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A local businessman has received approval for a permit that will help his plans to build a new office, showroom and shop on West College Boulevard for his painting and flooring business.

The special use permit sought by Luis and Viridiana Orozco for a parcel at 711 W. College Blvd. was approved by a vote of 6-0 during the Feb. 23 meeting of the city of Roswell Planning and Zoning Commission.

Although two people did speak in opposition to having a business in their neighborhood, no appeals were filed by the deadline, according to the City Clerk’s Office. The commission approval allows the Orozcos to proceed with their plans.

Luis and Viridiana Orozco own LAV Painting Contractors LLC that now operates out of their home. Luis Orozco told commission members that he wants to construct a business site on two lots that would be platted as one lot and located at the corner of West College Boulevard and North Michigan Avenue.

A one-story metal -building for the property is planned as having three garage bays for trucks and equipment, as well as a showroom and office.

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“My job is going to the houses out of the office, but I just need space for my trucks and my equipment,” he said.

He said the showroom would allow potential customers to see the type of work his company does. “That is basically for appointments and not having people in and out all the time,” he said.

Todd Wagener, a local engineer working with the Orozcos, said it might take a while for construction to occur but that he feels the Orozcos have a good plan.

“He’s got several trucks he is using in a residential area right now, and he is trying to do the right thing by having an office and having those trucks inside a building,” he said.

City staff recommended the permit for the property, which is zoned Residential 3, with several conditions, or stipulations. Those include 6-foot-high privacy fencing on the portion of the property near residential properties, an entrance and driveway on West College rather than a side street, and 5% more landscaping that typically is required by the zoning ordinance for that type of lot. They also said Luis Orozco has plans to add visual appeal to the property with the landscaping and a wrought iron fence along the West College entrance.

City employees told commission members that they thought the business would be compatible with the area. They said that West College Boulevard is envisioned as a mixed use zone and already has several other businesses and non-residential sites, including a convenience store, a nonprofit operation and church properties and, further to the west, the Cielo Grande Recreation Area.

Community Development Director Kevin Maevers described the painting and flooring business as “low density” and “low impact” and said it would provide a good transition from the single-family homes off of West College Boulevard to the more commercial area fronting that street.

City Engineer Louis Najar also said he thought having a maintained office structure could be seen as an improvement for the area.

“I feel that what is going to happen, it is going to be an improvement to the neighborhood like that. It is going to be well groomed and maintained so that he can have customers,” Najar said.

Nearby property owners Jesse Rodriguez and Dora Lujan spoke in opposition to the permit. Rodriguez said he was concerned about increased traffic in a residential area, as well as the possibility of increased crime and decreased property values. Lujan expressed worries about traffic as well as about the lack of specific requirements for the proposed building, including regarding its height, facade and fencing.

She said that, while the Orozcos are describing a stucco facade, wrought iron fence and other enhancements at this time, those plans could change once construction begins. City employees said the Residential 3 zoning district does not have design criteria, but that building permits and site plans would have to be reviewed by the city as the project progresses.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 351, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com.

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.