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Posted: Friday, January 4, 2019 8:19 am

Plans to revamp of the H-E-B on Main Street moved forward Thursday as the Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a new gas station and car wash to be built on the property.

During the meeting, commissioners passed a conditional use permit that would allow 10 fuel pumps, a car wash and convenience store to be established on the plat of land located at 212, 220 and 300 Main St. as well as 217 Jefferson St.

Plans for the project include demolishing the existing structure so that the new building will face Fransisco Lemos Street and CVS, a full-size curbside-service area and adding more parking spaces and gas pumps.

When it’s finished, every department in the store will be expanded, and there likely will be new departments, according to information from the grocery chain.

Hays Street is expected to be closed.

“The request is consistent with the Kerrville 2050 Comprehensive Plan with a focus on redevelopment and renewed public interest in the area,” said Drew Paxton, development director.

The property currently is zoned C-11, and in November, the P and Z unanimously approved it to be rezoned to the Central Business District.

That request will be before the Kerrville City Council on Tuesday.

During the meeting, Bunny Bond, a Kerrville resident, spoke in opposition to the plan, saying closing Hays Street could cause traffic problems.

“Closing that one block, which is an access street which many of us use, that is a mistake,” she said. “Hays Street, from the state highway is the only direct corridor to the only homeless shelter in Kerrville.”

And because two blocks of Rodriguez Street already are closed, it could potentially block access for cars and emergency vehicles, Bond said.

“As we continue to close blocks in the central business district, that’s a real problem,” she said.

Bond’s suggestion is to flip the plan and to place the gas station and car wash on the east of Hays Street.

Kathy Strimple, a representative of H-E-B, said the plan is to better serve the customers.

“We’ve separated the full station from the parking lot, so it’s a lot more efficient and safer,” she said.

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  • justavoter posted at 2:03 pm on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    justavoter Posts: 102

    I think that it may be a question of do you go on Hayes street more than you shop at the HEB on Hayes street? The congestion of HEB is probably more of a concern to those that shop there frequently. Congestion of the roads are probably more of a concern for those that shop at Walmart or the HEB on Sidney Baker. Just a thought.

  • Mary Lou Shelton posted at 9:01 am on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    Mary Lou Shelton Posts: 1257

    cora, i cant speak to their personal motives as i don't know what they are, but for years traffic forced off the main streets has been coming through my little section of town (near 5 points), many of them in large suvs, speeding, and yammering away on their cell phones.

    kerrville seems to always be looking for the next coming thing, but all that comes is more congestion and more unnecessary traffic signals. i was at the water hearings in austin many years ago. you should have heard all the wonderful things that were going to happen if we could just sell cheap water to business.

    i think the problem is that city leaders have always been far more concerned about business than the citizens they are elected to represent.

    and don't any of you guys give me that nonsense about expanding the tax base cause you also have to expand all the infrastructure that comes with development. none of the promised prosperity or tax deceases for ordinary people have occurred. gene

  • cora77 posted at 12:59 am on Mon, Jan 7, 2019.

    cora77 Posts: 5

    Closing Hays street will cause major problems, it's bad enough that most of the residential streets in town are cut off streets to avoid main street traffic!! I'm not going to mention breaking the speed limit on a daily basis, like the guy from the Chamber of Commerce does every morning down our street in the Lincoln continental. These so called leaders of the community are giving the false illusion that we are going to grow and live happily ever after, when in fact this town is over crowded with broken streets, and these leaders only care about their paychecks and pensions. If I hear mayor James Karen, I mean Bill Blackburn mention this comprehensive plan one more time, I'm going to be sick, who cares, focus on what needs to be fixed now.


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