Tuesday Feb 24 2009
Classic car restoration shop coming to Loomis
By: Joyia Emard, Loomis News Staff Writer
Planning commission approves application
A classic car restoration facility is coming to Loomis. Omar Lugo, of Loomis, plans to restore classic 1950s era trucks after he builds a facility at 3240 Taylor Road. Loomis planners included more than 70 conditions of approval to make the controversial project acceptable. Even with all of the conditions, the commissioners narrowly approved the project. At the center of the controversy was the property’s location in what was called by Loomis resident Vic Markey “one of the gateways into Loomis.” “I am really concerned in the direction Loomis is going,” Markey said. The facility will be built on 1.4 acres zoned general commercial. A conditional use permit was required for the commercial paint, body, auto repair and retail sales facility. Lugo was approved to build two office/warehouse buildings on the site with a total of 18,000-square-feet. During the February planning commission meeting a number of Loomis residents and business owners spoke both for and against the project. Residents of Legacy Lane, the home development located across Taylor Road from the proposed buildings, cited traffic concerns and noise as issues. Paul Scheiss, president of the Legacy Lane Homeowners Association, asked for a number of conditions to be placed on the Lugo project and said, “If it wasn’t in our backyard Legacy Lane would be 100 percent behind it. It’s a good addition to Loomis in another location.” Mayor Walt Scherer said he had concerns about the facility and met with Lugo and town staff. He said he is consulting with the town attorney as to whether the conditions placed upon the Lugo business could be passed on to a future buyer if the property is ever sold. Scherer said he is trying to "ensure we don’t wind up with a proliferation of auto repair shops on Taylor Road. That’s not the direction the community wants Taylor Road to develop in."