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Chico City Council Approves Enloe Expansion, Says Scrap Metal Has To Go

Council also takes the side of business owners appealing a plan to build a Subway drive-thru restaurant on Nord Avenue, approves school resource officers among other big decisions Tuesday night.

Posted: Aug. 8, 2018 4:45 AM
Updated: Aug. 8, 2018 6:48 AM

Chico, Calif.-- New development got the green light from Chico City Council Tuesday night.

The new, 12,000 square foot, three-story facility is a go, but there are some conditions of approval.

If you live near the site on West East Avenue, this may come as a relief to you - council is requiring Enloe to work with neighbors to try and resolve issues around the height of the fence they want to build around their facility, and to make sure that noise and light from the parking lot doesn't cause a disturbance.

A lot of community members who live in the area showed up last night and they had a lot to say - and the council did not brush off their concerns.

So, the medical group has a month to come up with their new plan - they'll come back for a second meeting about it September 4th.

Council also approved Chico Police designating three of their own to serve on the three high school campuses as resource officers.

The funding comes from a state tobacco prevention and education grant.

That starts up this school year.

After years of going back and forth on the issue, Chico City Council has formally repealed an ordinance that had allowed Chico Scrap Metal to stay at its East 20th Street location.

This has been a very long and contentious journey, but the Council really had little choice but to approve the ordinance to force Chico Scrap out of the Chapman-area location.

The junkyard has been at the site on East 20th Street for decades, but the type of businesses that it is - a junk recycling yard that some complain is a noise pollutant and kind of an eyesore - doesn't fit in with the new city plan to expand on that neighborhood as a residential area for schools and families.

The council, last month, was essentially forced into this decision by a court order.

But is it really over? A judge ordered them to approve the shut down, so they did - for now.

But in a closed session they voted to appeal the judge's order.

There is no word yet on when the business would be required to move, or where it would move to.

Also from the August 7th meeting, Council took the side of business owners, upholding their appeal of a planned Subway drive-thru restaurant on Nord and West Sacramento Avenues, based on concerns about traffic congestion.

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