Lot split sought to allow sale of Mae’s Place

Yukon Planning Commission considers Welliver's request next Monday

Mae Welliver, owner of Mae’s Home Cooking on Yukon’s Main Street, shown in this April 2020 photo when her restaurant reopened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Welliver is selling the restaurant but retaining a vacant lot east of the building. (File photo)

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A City of Yukon advisory board will meet next Monday night to consider a request that would allow the sale of a longtime Main Street restaurant.

The Yukon Planning Commission has been asked to approve a “lot split” for property at 505 E Main in the Ranchwood Hills Addition – Section 2.

Owner Mae Welliver is selling Mae’s Home Cooking but wants to retain a vacant lot east of the single-story building. Also known as Mae’s Place, her diner has been a popular gathering place for 22 years.

Planning commissioners will convene at 7 p.m. March 14 inside the Centennial Building to hear the lot split request by Joe McKinney Homes on behalf of Welliver.

The 0.78-acre site, zoned restricted commercial district, is developed with Mae’s restaurant and parking on the west side. The east side is vacant.

The lot being sold is 137-feet by 119.5-feet, including the building and entire parking lot.

The vacant lot that Welliver would retain will be 123-feet by 119.5-feet – and it will “remain vacant for the near future,” Welliver wrote in her request to Yukon Development Services.

She is seeking formal approval of the lot split before closing on the sale of the property March 24.

The proposed lot split is consistent with Yukon’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the site’s high-intensity designation, according to the city planner’s staff report.

High-intensity land use is “most common surrounding high traffic roadways like Interstate 40 and Main Street/Route 66.”

Yukon Planning Commission members are Chairman Bill Baker, Vice-Chairman Jarrid Wright, David Enmark, Nick Grba, and Jeff Geis.

(Read more about Mae Welliver and reflections about her Yukon restaurant in an upcoming edition of The Yukon Progress)