For residents of a luxury condominium community fighting placement of an auto dealership near their east Mesa homes since 2001, Thursday turned out to be a big blot on their efforts.
That’s because the city’s Planning and Zoning Board voted to recommend a modification of an existing ordinance that will allow another dealership to be built inside the Superstition Springs Auto Mall, despite an earlier agreement not to do so.
The board voted 4-2 to recommend establishing an auto dealership there.
The issue will now go to the City Council for approval.
According to a city staff report, neighbors had expressed concern seven years ago about the development of the auto mall. Harsh lighting, delivery truck noise and increased traffic were among the residents’ major concerns.
An agreement was reached at the time to place dealerships only in certain sections to appease the residents. On a disputed portion, the city had decided to allow restaurants or offices to develop.
But since those types of establishments haven’t built there in seven years, development owner Joe Cardinale of Cardinale Automotive Group once again hopes to expand the dealership base to that land.
“The most viable use of the property at this time does appear to be that of an auto dealership,” a city report states.
Plans for the new facility, near Superstition Springs Boulevard and U.S. 60 include a two-story dealer showroom and a service center.