By Conrad Dudderar
An auto parts retail chain wants to build a new store on Yukon Main Street.
Before that happens, the company must receive approval from a City of Yukon advisory board and the city council.
AutoZone, the largest retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories in the U.S., is looking to open a second location in Yukon.
The Yukon Planning Commission, at its Aug. 14th meeting, will consider a request for one curb cut to serve the proposed development of a new AutoZone store at 835 E Main.
The 0.89-acre site is part of the Yukon Crossing-Phase II planned unit development (PUD).
A site drawing for the property shows a proposed 7,381-square foot building with 41 parking spaces.
The proposed 30-foot curb cut will be located on the north side of the parcel and will be accessed from Yukon Crossing Avenue, according to a city planning staff report.
This new curb cut would line up with an existing 24-foot curb cut on the east side of Yukon Crossing Avenue. It would be 188 feet north of the existing curb cut, far exceeding drive separation requirements in Yukon’s newly adopted Unified Development Code.
Auto Zone’s curb cut request is consistent with the Yukon Comprehensive Plan and its high-intensity designation for this site because “access is from the collector street and no new drives are proposed along the major arterial,” the city planner’s report reads.
PART OF SITE DESIGN
This curb cut/driveway permit application was submitted July 17 by Wade Davis of Wallace Design, on behalf of Auto Zone Stores LLC in Memphis, Tenn.
“As part of the site design, two driveways are proposed along Yukon Crossing Avenue to serve the development,” land planner Colton Wayman wrote in a letter to the Yukon Development Services Department.
“The driveway to the south is existing, providing access to the retail businesses and storage facility to the south/west. The applicant will tie into the existing driveway. An additional driveway is proposed to the north.”
Having both access points will improve vehicle circulation and limit stacking during peak hours, Wayman explained.
Pending City of Yukon approval, Auto Zone will open its second store in Yukon. The other is located at 1150 Garth Brooks Blvd.
Founded in 1979, AutoZone has more than 7,000 stores across the U.S., Mexico, Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Yukon Planning Commission will consider Auto Zone’s request when it convenes at 7 p.m. next Monday inside the council chambers of the Centennial Building, 12 S 5th. This is the only business item on the agenda.
Yukon planning commissioners are Chairman Bill Baker, Vice Chairman Jarrid Wright, David Enmark, Nick Grba, and Jeff Geis.