Add to neighborhood opposition a Santa Fe County decision rejecting as incomplete a developer’s application for the construction of a new Pilot Flying J truck stop.
The project, which is seeking a conditional use permit for a 10.2-acre site on the southwest corner of New Mexico State Road 14 and I-25, needs to secure a conditional use permit from the county in order to proceed.
Since the project was announced last spring, it has engendered the vigorous opposition of nearby residents who say the facility, which will offer site space for up to seventy semi-tractor trailers, would be too noisy, busy, and dirty for the area.
As proposed, the 24-hour travel center will cost $10 million to build. It will house several fast food restaurants, a store, and bathrooms with showers.
Santa Fe County declined the company’s development application on the basis that it lacked a plan for off-site sewer and water lines, the location of a cistern, a water budget, and details regarding exterior lighting.
A new application, with all of the required information provided, could be submitted by Pilot Flying J to Santa Fe County later this month.
By Garry Boulard
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