Appeal for used car dealership on South Broadway

Appeal for used car dealership on South Broadway


PEOPLE IN AN ALBUQUERQUE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ARE FIGHTING WITH THE CITY. THE GROUP IS TRYING TO APPEAL A DECISION THAT WOULD ALLOW A USED CAR LOT ON THEIR BLOCK.. NEWS 13 )S RACHEL KNAPP HAS THE STORY. NEIGHBORS ALONG THIS STRETCH OFF SOUTH BROADWAY BY KATHRYN ARE FAMILIAR WITH THE NONSTOP TRAFFIC. 06:04:00- 06:06:00 car driving by NATS AND IT COULD GET EVEN BUSIER WITH A NEW BUSINESS TAKING UP THIS LOT … WHICH IS WHAT THE SOUTH BROADWAY NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION, DOESN )T WANT. Frances Armijo, South Broadway Neighborhood Association 00:54:20 “The zoning officer granted his conditional use and we )re appealing it.” 00:58:25 THE CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT WOULD ALLOW JOHN DACAMARA TO OPEN UP A USED CAR DEALERSHIP IN THE SMALL LOT WHICH IS WEDGED IN BETWEEN THESE APARTMENT BUILDINGS. IN THE PLANNING AND ZONING DOCUMENTS, DACAMARA SAYS IT WOULD BRING NEW CUSTOMERS FOR SURROUNDING BUSINESSES, TOO.. BUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION — DOESN )T BUY IT. 01:51:00 “We )re appealing it because we don )t feel like he )s got the sufficient parking of what he wants to do here.” 01:56:00 BUT THERE )S MORE. THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION SAYS THE LOT HAS HISTORICALLY BEEN USED FOR ON-SITE TENANT PARKING, AND WORRIES IT WOULD JAM UP PARKING ON THE STREET — OR FORCE PEOPLE TO HOP THE CURB TO FIND PARKING. THE ASSOCIATION EVEN CLAIMS THE SUPPORT FOR THE CAR LOT, WASN )T SIGNED BY THE MAJORITY OF THE PEOPLE ON THE BLOCK. THEY ALSO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH THIS SIX-FOOT HIGH FENCE THE OWNER PUT UP WITHOUT A PERMIT. 02:09:00 “So we )re questioning things he )s done in the past and our concern in the future.” 02:13:00 BUT THE NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION )S CONCERNS FELL SHORT. THE ZONING OFFICER APPROVED THE PLAN… SAYING THE CAR LOT WOULDN )T DAMAGE THE APARTMENTS OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD. BUT THEY WON )T GIVE UP THE FIGHT. 02:53:00 “Our hope is that we win the appeal, we )re at the mercy of the City.” 02:58:00 RACHEL KNAPP KRQE NEWS 13. WE TRIED TO CONTACT THE PROPERTY OWNER, BUT WERE UNSUCCESSFUL. THE HEARING TO APPEAL THE DECISION WILL BE ON SEPTEMBER FOURTH. A SMALL COMMUNITY IN COLORDO REMAINS IN SHOCK

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4 Comments

  1. Very odd place to put a car lot. In fact, it's an odd place to put any business other than a small grocery store?

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