Pueblo planners agree to two business parks for future business growth
Two pending business parks received initial approval from the Pueblo Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday, which could lead to new business activity in Pueblo.
Doug Stout of Stout Subdivision DL Land, LLC has obtained planning approval for his proposal to rezone vacant land at 2314 S. Prairie Ave. The planning commission will recommend to the Pueblo city council for final approval of the rezoning.
Stout says he plans to develop the property for rental space. The commercial area would allow retail, office and warehouse uses.
He proposes to create six structures which will be rented.
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Neighbors Ernie and Taryn Felzien have raised concerns about stormwater drainage issues. Joe Gagliano of Gagliano Engineering Inc. spoke on behalf of Stout, indicating he was willing to meet with the couple to address their concerns.
Gagliano also stressed that stormwater drainage plans will need to be approved before the platform is “OK”.
Taryn Felzien also said she was concerned that a retail marijuana store might be one of the tenants, but has been assured by planning officials that Pueblo is limited to eight retail marijuana stores. and that there are already eight located within the city limits.
Jason Casados received the “OK” from the planning commission for a rezoning plan for his 2.68 acre site that includes a 14,000 square foot office building and parking at 2039 Alma Avenue.
The commission recommends that Pueblo City Council approve the business park area so that Casados can move its Vapor Source Inc. headquarters and lab to the building that already houses a martial arts business.
Vapor Source has nine full-time employees. The company’s lab receives nicotine and other flavors to make e-liquid vaping nicotine products that are then distributed to nine stores.
“The build is very light, involving hand tools and air compressors,” Casados told the commission.
Pueblo Police Officer Nikki Thomas, representing the Pueblo Police Charitable Association, spoke out in favor of the plan, which meets in a building next to the Casados office building. She said Casados cleaned up the property and encouraged positivity in the area.
Casados said in its application that it wants to move the operation from its current site to Santa Fe where it pays $ 10,600 per month in rent. Arrangements have been made to leave space for the Vapor Source business and the recreational martial arts facility currently on site.
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