The Lexington City Council approved a Conditional Use Permit for an application to use a building at 110 East 6th Street as a storefront church. The action came during their Tuesday meeting. Development Services Director Bill Brecks said the application by Joel Garcia-Reyes was forwarded by the Planning Commission with no recommendation. Brecks said one of the main issues for the Planning Commission was parking that is required by city code. Garcia-Reyes said they currently have no more than 10 parishioners in his congregation and they use three parking spaces when they meet on Wednesday and Friday evenings along with Sunday mornings. His wife, Wendy Garcia, also spoke to the Council and said that when the congregation grows, they hope to find another building to use.
The number of required parking spaces required for the number of people occupying the building at any one time appeared to be an issue among Council Members. At the end of the public hearing, the Council approved the permit on a split 3 to 2 vote with Council Members Jeremy Roberts, Steve Smith and Mayor John Fagot voting in favor and Council Members Dora Vivas and John Salem voting against.
The Council also approved applications by TL Sund Constructors of Lexington to create the Sund Subdivision on a 6 acre tract of land just east of Lexington. The Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning to the City Council and the subdivision request pending corrections to the final plat map. At the Planning Commission earlier this month, Brecks says the site was a former rendering plant and the Sund’s are now using it to break-up concrete chunks for re-use. Brecks said the rezoning would change the land use designation from agricultural to light industrial use. Among the permitted uses in a Light Industrial zone is construction sales and services.