Late Friday afternoon, city council members overturned a decision by the Planning and Zoning Committee not to allow a zone change for Home Depot. The vote means Home Depot can build on 50th Street, where the vacant Montgomery Ward building stands.
Some residents there do not want Home Depot next door because 52nd Street runs right behind the spot where Home Depot wants to locate. They are worried about trucks coming and going, increased noise and traffic on their street from customers, and the possibility of trash and debris from such a large retailer.
NewsChannel 11 visited the Home Depot on West Loop 289 a number of times recently to see if we could observe any of those things happening. We did not see much truck traffic or hear a great deal of noise at night or during the day.
Representatives from Home Depot told council they are very community minded and are willing to build and landscape around a 12 foot wall that would block the backside of the building. Meantime, businesses surrounding the proposed site have shown a great deal of support for Home Depot. They're pleased with council's decision. John McDaniel, owner of Cici's Pizza says, "The traffic helps us and small businesses work with them well. It'll be a great boost and a great plus." Bob Craig, a lawyer for the Home Depot says, "This is a great store that will be coming to Central Lubbock. It'll help revitalize the 50th Street area and certianly help revitalize the Caprock Shopping Center."
Home Depot says a new location would add about 200 jobs to this area, and it would add millions in taxable property. City council will vote on a second and final hearing on this matter during a special meeting Monday. Council has to pass the measure with at least six votes, as apposed to the normal quorum. That's because the Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously not to support a zone change.