Talent, OR. -- The City of Talent received an application in August of 2017 from Liberty Royal LLC to redevelop the Talent Truck Stop.
Liberty Royal LLC wants to build a 13,000 sq. ft. lodge-style building where the old building stands. It will have a new restaurant, convenience shops, a trucker lounge area, and more.
The Planning Commission approved the application, but it was appealed twice. Once by a person outside city limits, and once by neighboring home owners in Oak Valley Estates.
"This would be very difficult to handle all of the noise, and the toxic fumes," says Sharon Pike who lives in Oak Valley Estates.
The application was later denied because it didn't meet traffic impact study requirements.
Pike says the Oak Valley Estates community is concerned about traffic, health impacts, and environmental impacts.
The Talent Community Development Director, Zac Moody, says, "Well I think those concerns are very valid. There are certain things we can address with the zoning code, and certain things that we can't."
On the other side of the truck stop is the Ashland Talent RV Park.
"Most of us are one or two paychecks away from homelessness. So if this is going to, in any way, assist these people by giving them jobs, a place where they can eat, a place where they can take a shower, use the bathroom then I'm all for it," says Property Manager Shari Harper.
Harper says they don't mind the noise because they're already next to the freeway.
"Just like you'll find in any place, people would like to keep the status quo. If it's quiet they want it to stay quiet.," says Harper.
Right now Liberty Royal LLC has an approved business license to sell diesel from the existing building. The Talent Community Development Team is waiting for Liberty Royal LLC to resubmit their application for site changes.
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