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Waco Overlay District Put on Hold

Business owners along La Salle Parkway received time to express concerns about a proposed Waco overlay district that would prohibit some types of new business.

The Waco Plan Commission this week delayed a vote on the La Salle Corridor District until March. Proposed district rules would prohibit new auto repair shops, agriculture feed lots, warehouse storage and sexually-oriented businesses. The hope is to attract tourism-based retail and a walking-friendly environment, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported.

For example, the newspaper reported, Bebrick Collision Care Center owner Dennis Smith said he might purchase neighboring Brazos Feed and Supply in the future, and renovate it into a refinish center for his repair business. The regulations would prohibit the conversion without a variance.

Other property owners along La Salle didn’t express opposition to the plan brought forth by Circle Hardware owner Larry Dagley and Unlimited Self Storage owner David Mercer. But they said they were not notified of several meetings.

The organizers backed the vote postponement.

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