TALENT, Ore. -- The Talent Truck Stop, renamed Gordy's Talent Truck Stop, is planning to officially reopen this weekend.
It's unveiling new showers, a convenience store, and diesel pumps. The property owner's original plan denied, but the owners plan to resubmit a new application in the coming months. They're working on a traffic impact study right now.
The Talent Community Development Coordinator says there would be benefits to approving the construction plans.
"There are some traffic safety issues that we would have been able to address with the approval: certainly the paving of the parking lot, the containment of the stormwater on site through detention facilities," said Zac Moody. "There were some other amenities at it as well that would’ve protected it in the case up a hazmat leak, storm water system was contained within the site."
The property owner, Sam Soniminde, said his future proposal will include a hotel, restaurant, and additional stores, essentially and full-fledged travel center.
Soniminde said he plans to hire 10 to 12 people to help maintain the truck stop as is. If the larger proposal is approved, he said he wants to hire 90 - 100.
Neighbors to the truck stop have split opinions.
People NewsWatch 12 spoke to in a neighboring retirement community said they were concerned about pollution, environmental impacts, noise, and crime.
The property manager for the Ashland Talent RV Park said she welcomes the changes, and thinks it'll provide job opportunities for many of her tenants.
"We don’t really worry about the crowds or the noise," Shari Harper said. "We’re right next to I5, so for us it looks like a positive thing."
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