Reporter's note: This story has been amended from an earlier version
Two medical specialists plan to build new offices near Longview Regional Medical Center despite concerns raised by neighboring physicians over construction and parking.
Meanwhile, plans for a 45-unit, three-story apartment building on East Loop 281 cleared a hurdle Tuesday at a Longview Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
Commissioners recommended the city amend a development site plan inside the Walnut Hill Professional Center.
Dr. Ryan Guillory wants to build a one-story, 10,500-square-foot building for offices to share with his wife, who also is a doctor. He specializes in ear, nose and throat treatment, while her practice centers on sleep.
The original site plan called for two buildings measuring 20,000 square feet each.
Dr. Robert Shelton and Dr. Matt Hipke, who operate two unrelated practices across Walnut Hill Drive, said they supported Guillory’s plan for a new medical office but were concerned that construction vehicles would disrupt parking and traffic on the street.
On-street parking isn’t allowed under city ordinances, but City Planner Angela Choy said commercial vehicles will be allowed to use the construction site to turn around or use Walnut Hill Drive and Celebration Way to exit the site.
Also Tuesday, commissioners recommended the city rezone almost 5 acres on East Loop 281 from agriculture to multifamily zoning.
The site is outside the city limits but is the subject of an annexation proposal that City Council members will consider June 13. A public hearing on the proposal will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at City Hall.
Four Corners Development plans to build a three-story building with 45 apartment units, developer Justin Price said.
“As the owners, we are paying for the infrastructure,” he said.
Applicants asking Planning and Zoning commissioners to recommend rezoning property before annexation isn’t unprecedented.
Almost a year ago, commissioners OK’d rezoning a 30-acre property tract on North Eastman Road three weeks ahead of a council vote on annexation. In that case, the council didn’t consider the rezone request until it voted to annex the tract — a path Choy said the council will follow with the Four Corners application.
In other matters, commissioners and staff unanimously recommended rezoning property on the city’s southern edge to allow for new commercial development.
DJH Construction of Raceland, Louisiana, wants to rezone a 2.43-acre property it owns at 3903 Garland Road from agriculture to heavy commercial zoning to expand B and D Flowback, a business that fronts South Eastman Road to the west.
David Wong, with Total Engineering Services of Longview, said B and D wants to add a 6,500-square-foot private truck washing facility as part of its oilfield services business.
The property was annexed into the city around 1980 and automatically assigned agriculture zoning at that time, Choy said. While the property is inside the Longview city limits, Garland Road is unincorporated and maintained by Gregg County.