Thursday , 27 October 2016

City Council Set to Vote on Bob Tomes Collision Center Expansion

The McKinney City Council will review another controversial request from Bob Tomes Ford during its scheduled meeting Tuesday evening.

The Council is set to consider a request from Bob Tomes Ford to expand the parking area at Tomes’ collision center, located the corner of North Brook Drive and Park View Avenue. The request has upset many residents in a nearby neighborhood, who also spoke out against a previous request from Bob Tomes to rezone another nearby parcel of land to allow for the construction of a parts distribution center.

Location of Bob Tomes Ford Collision Center
Location of Bob Tomes Ford Collision Center

Tomes is requesting to decrease the setback around the collision center from 60 feet to 20 feet to allow for more storage space for new vehicles. More than 20 residents from the nearby neighborhood spoke out during a council meeting on January 7, saying that they didn’t want the Tomes building’s footprint to “infringe anymore into the neighborhood than it already has.”

The city has received a petition signed by hundreds of the neighborhood’s residents and numerous letters of opposition.

Some of the concerned residents met with Mayor Brian Loughmiller, Mayor Pro Tem Travis Ussery and other city staff on Jan. 9 to discuss their issues with Tomes’ request. According to the agenda packet for tonight’s meeting, “the applicant (Tomes) has since proposed to modify the request, indicating that it is their intent to create a variable width landscape buffer that is 36 feet at the northern limit of the parking area and tapers to 20 feet at the southernmost limit along Park View Avenue. Additionally, the applicant is requesting to utilize a 6-foot tall wrought iron fence with masonry columns and living screen with a 5-foot wide meandering sidewalk along Park View Avenue in place of a solid masonry wall.”

Despite these concessions, the city staff is still recommending denial of Tomes’ request due to a compatibility with the adjacent land uses. The council will consider the item during tonight’s meeting, which begins at 6 p.m.

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