The city of Lubbock is one step closer to having a major truck stop out near the airport.
On Thursday night, the Lubbock City Council could decide whether to approve a zoning request that would allow a Love's Travel Stop and Country Store to begin construction just off of Interstate 27 near the airport.
During the last city council meeting, emotions were high, as some North Lubbock residents voiced their concern over the proposed development of the new truck stop. In that same meeting, council members voted 6-0 to approve the first reading of a zoning change that would allow the truck stop to begin construction. The zoning request would turn change the zoning for the property from residential to commercial.
Mayor Glen Robertson says if all goes as expected, the council could give the truck stop the go-ahead during Thursday's council meeting.
"Unless facts change, I will be voting for the zoning change to allow the travel center. The facts I've got right now, I'm leaning toward voting for it," Robertson said.
Robertson says he understands the concern others might have over the location of the truck stop, but he says he's heard more positive comments, than negative.
"I've received, probably, 20 emails and phone calls, and a majority of them are in favor of the travel center," Robertson said.
Mayor Robertson says the idea of commercial development out toward the airport, has long been a priority. He says this is the first step toward that goal.
"I just think it will really be good for the area: provides jobs, provides a good tax base, and provides some services for those citizens that live in north Lubbock that don't have them," Robertson said.