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Cheney businesses on the move

Jarms, Napa prepare new stores; Clay Street rezone requested


John McCallum

Napa Auto Parts will double its available space when it moves from its current location.

Long-time Cheney businesses Jarms Hardware and Napa Auto Parts are moving to new locations soon.

In Jarms' case, operations at their new location in the former Ben Franklin building have actually started, with employees beginning moving material the weekend of Dec. 14-15. At 23,383 square feet in building space and a 115,188 square foot lot size, the new location is considerably bigger than their current 1720 Second St. address, which runs 16,020 and 41,310 square feet respectively.

Remodeling work on Napa's new location in the former Burger King and Palenque Restaurant building has been going on for several months. Like Jarms, Napa's new building will be bigger, virtually double the size of its current 7,084 square foot location downtown and with much more parking. Napa officials are anticipating a project completion date of February, with move in tentatively scheduled around the beginning of March.

In other planning news, the city of Cheney is currently receiving comment on a proposed rezoning of a 0.33-acre site in the 600 block of Clay Street for the purposes of building a 14-unit, apartment complex. The applicant, Brian Anderson of NAI Black, is seeking a change in zoning from R-3 multifamily to R-3H multifamily/high density for the complex that will feature a 4,550 square foot, 2-3-story building along with 28 parking stalls.

"He wants the flexibility of the higher density and higher lot coverage," Cheney senior planner Brett Lucas said in explaining the change request.

John McCallum

Napa Auto Parts will double its available space when it moves to remodeled facilities that formerly housed Palenque Restaurant in north Cheney.

Under current zoning requirements, R-3H allows for 40 percent maximum lot coverage for a building as compared to 35 percent in R-3, as well as smaller per unit square footage, 1,000 square feet versus 2,000. It also allows a maximum building height of 55 feet instead of the 36 feet under R-3.

The proposed structure, located at 625 Clay Street, would replace a current single-family residence on the lot that was built in 1960. According to the Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance document, the proposal includes "extending and installing all necessary utilities, stormwater disposal and landscaped areas in compliance with City of Cheney standards.

The lead agency – Cheney – has determined the project would not have a "probable significant adverse impact on the environment." The city is accepting written comments until 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 at

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