Abandoned site proposed for demolition: “It’s been an eyesore for years”
Say goodbye to the abandoned, graffiti-riddled M&M truck stop south of Cortez, and say hello to Love’s Travel Stop and Country Store.
After more than a decade of horror on Cortez’s South Porch, the disintegrated truck stop at the corner of County Road G and US Highway 160-491 is offered for demolition.
Love’s Travel Stop worked with the Montezuma County Planning Department to redevelop the property, planning director Don Haley said.
The company has a purchase agreement with landowner Jovian Petroleum, and the sale is in progress. The project proposal is at the preliminary stage.
This month, the Colorado Division of Petroleum and Public Safety completed an environmental cleanup of fuel contaminated soil at the site, which was necessary for the redevelopment.
At its Thursday meeting, the town planning committee recommended that the site’s zoning be changed for industrial use and that a high-impact permit be issued for the new roadhouse.
Dave Teyber, engineer for Love’s, described the travel center. First, the old roadhouse building and canopies will be demolished and transported.
Love’s development plan includes a convenience store and at least one restaurant. There are five passenger fuel islands and four diesel refueling bays, a truck scale, a dog park, RV dump and water, and a small propane tank filling station. Parking is provided for 55 to 60 passenger vehicles and 25 to 30 trucks.
“Love’s is bringing in a national contractor and hiring contractors from the local community,” Teyber said.
He said details of the restaurant had not been finalized. It could be a food court, a combination of food service vendors, or a fast food restaurant tenant. A construction schedule has not been revealed.
A water consultant studies adequate water service and pressure for the new business.
The site has access to sewer and electricity. Part of the new business planning process is determining the correct infrastructure required and determining if any upgrades are needed, planning officials said.
The Cortez Fire Protection District will provide guidance for the location of a fire hydrant, and the hoses serving the fire hydrant will be upgraded from a 2 inch line to a 3 inch line. , officials said.
The existing entrances on County Road G will be used for the new roadhouse.
A traffic survey that meets Colorado Department of Transportation standards will be conducted at the intersection of Route G and the freeway to determine if additional road safety features are needed, Teyber said.
Love’s, based in Oklahoma City, has more than 530 stores in 41 states, according to its website. The 24-hour gas station targets high traffic areas and truck routes, and caters to professional drivers.
Teyber expressed confidence in the project, noting that it depends on a successful land and infrastructure planning process.
“It’s been an eyesore for years, a truck stop is a good match for the port of entry weigh station next door,” said planning commissioner Rob Pope. “Trucks are already using this access. “
“It’s great to see this site cleaned up,” said Planning Commissioner Joel Stevenson. “(The truck stop) will provide more jobs for the county.”