Nucor Steel Longview was granted two variances to the city of Longview’s zoning ordinances regarding parking Tuesday.
The Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved Nucor’s request to construct a gravel lot with 231 parking spaces at its manufacturing plant at 5400 W. Loop 281.
City ordinances require either concrete or asphalt paving for off-street parking and would have required Nucor to provide 416 spaces.
Nucor had asked to use gravel as a temporary surface until the company builds offices, employee lockers and training space on the site in about three to five years in a $1.9 million project, according to Laney Newman with Johnson and Pace, the engineering and design firm that represented Nucor before the Zoning Board of Adjustment.
Also, the company could reach up to 200 workers before expansion, but it won’t need the 416 parking spaces required under city ordinance, making the variances necessary, City Planner Angela Choy said.
The city requires one space for every 1,000 square feet of building, but the company’s variance application explained that the steel mill operates three shifts with about 55 employees per shift. At top production levels, the company said its plans for 200 employees would be spread over four shifts, yielding about 50 workers per shift.
Currently, Nucor employees park on property owned by neighboring manufacturer Komatsu Mining Corp.
Nucor Corp. in Charlotte, North Carolina, bought Joy Global’s steel mill for $29 million in 2016.