The Lubbock City Council had another late meeting Thursday night. Besides considering an expansion to the new animal shelter, they also reviewed several zoning changes.
One proposal drew a lot of attention, and even some tears. It had to do with a Love's Truck Stop that the company hopes to build on the southwest corner of the Regis and I-27 intersection.
Some neighbors complained that if it is built it would bring crime, noise, drugs, prostitution, and would be an eye sore for the area. One woman even broke into tears, telling the council she was begging them not to approve the zoning change that would allow the truck stop to be built.
A representative from Love's says he is willing to work with neighbors to try and reach an agreement, and showed a plan of what the location would like.
The Love's representative and another woman who lives in the area both agreed that the truck stop would invite more business to the area and help revitalize that part of north Lubbock.
"I support the travel stop. I think they need to work with some neighbors and make sure we have some walls that will help block the light and some of those issues but I think it's a very good addition," said Lubbock Mayor Glen Robertson.
The re-zoning passed 6-0. Councilman Victor Hernandez was not present. A second reading is scheduled in two weeks. Mayor Glen Robertson says they want to hear more comments from citizens at that point.
"That's one of the reason we always have two readings of a zone change ordinance - because you get ideas brought up during the first meeting and you need time to sort it out," he said. "Our job is always to listen to the neighbors that are going to be affected and trying to balance the needs of making sure we're being a business friendly town and trying to help businesses locate here."
At least three members of the council also said their vote could change over the next two weeks if the needs of people in the neighborhood are not met.
The council also considered the nearly $1-million expansion of the Lubbock Animal Shelter on SE Loop 289. The nearly 5,000 square foot expansion would add 45 kennels to the 50 already there.
Council approved the plan 5-1 with Mayor Robertson voting no.
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