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12/11/2012 6:01:00 AM
PLANNING & ZONING
Business owner, Kingman officials feuding over expansion plans
Meeting Today
The Kingman Planning and Zoning Commission will consider Burgess' request at 6 p.m. today at the City Complex, 310 N. Fourth St.

Ahron Sherman
Miner Staff Reporter


Kevin Burgess owns one Superior Tire location in town near the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Gordon Avenue.

He'd like to open a new one along Hualapai Mountain Road, but the city may not allow him to.

He recently asked that the development rules for the Hualapai Mountain Road overlay district be amended to add tire and auto repair facilities.

But the city's planning and zoning staff recommended his request be denied, saying there are plenty of areas around town where tire and auto repair businesses are already permitted.

"There's nothing similar on that side of town to serve the community and my customers," Burgess said. "My customers keep demanding (a new Superior Tire location)."

Burgess believes customers who live in the Hualapai Mountain area but drive to the Stockton Hill Road location deserve a store that better serves their needs.

He considered opening establishing a location near the corner of Stockton Hill Road and Andy Devine Avenue but couldn't find property large enough to accommodate the size needed to open a Superior Tire.

In late 2004, Kingman City Council voted to establish the C-2-Hualapai Mountain Road zoning district, an overlay district used to govern commercial-zoned properties along Hualapai Mountain Road and Mission Boulevard.

"The objective was to create a unique commercial corridor with specific uses permitted by right and by conditional use permit along with clear design objectives," according to the Planning and Zoning Commission's meeting agenda.

There are at least 319 acres of vacant commercial-zoned property in Kingman where tire and automotive repair businesses could be established. This fact is the basis of planning and zoning staff recommending Burgess' request be denied.

Those acres of vacant space don't necessarily meet Burgess' needs as a businessman. Many of vacant properties are either too close to the existing location or not large enough to accommodate a Superior Tire.

Because of the amount of available space suited for these types of businesses around town, planning and zoning staff writes, "the requested text amendment is not appropriate."

Burgess disagrees.

"Why would I want to open a new business two blocks from the current one?" he said.

He said a denial of this request would make no sense to him.

"I would want an explanation," he said. And he would want it to be more detailed than the reasons given in the agenda packet.

The whole purpose of the overlay district was to establish design standards and accomplish a unified Southwestern look. People just want the area to look nice and don't want a business to come in and destroy the look, he said.

Burgess has no problem conforming to the design standards of the area.

"You would think the city would be jumping for joy to add another business in this area," Burgess said.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013
Article comment by: Jay Madole

I have lived here for only over a year after living in the city for 30 years and I know a problem when I see one.(I was born and raised here however) Haulapai Mountain Road and surrounding areas are far too underdeveloped. This area needs a first rate grocery store for beginners, then I believe other businesses will follow, we need local leaders with vision to accomplish this. Another project that needs serious attention and the probability of extensive growth and less congestion, would be to open up an exit to I40 from Rancho Santa Fe. Make the area very attractive and attractive to business, thus allowing more choices for passing motorists, less congestion on Stockton Hill, and more traffic on Andy Devine. (many travelers do not stop at the first exit) These ideas combined would benefit Kingman beyond measure, we just need the insight and right people to get the ball rolling.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Frank Harris

We need a grocery store on HMR.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: No Benefit

Must not be anybody along that road in the Planning Commission or in a government office that will benefit from it so it won't happen. How do you think Airway underpass got approval? It benefited the Mayor and the School District!

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: PIZZLE PIZZLE

Typical Kingman. Cries about not enough careers and jobs then stops the opening of new businesses and expansions.

There's a reason you still don't have even an outlet retail mall.


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Bill Martell

I can not believe how shallow some of you are. One one hand you complain about more choices and on the other you complain about to many business's. Mr. Burgess has run a successful business in Kingman for the past 11 or 12 yrs that I know of and wants to add to your needs and wants and you will complain about it. what happened to free enterprise. I have been doing business with him for about 5-6 years now and i will not go anywhere else. Their service and commitment to the community of Kingman is far above any other tire location in Kingman and their money stays here. I live up in the are of HMR and would love to see the convenience of a good tire store in my neighborhood. I say let it happen we need it. We also need the jobs in Kingman.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Karel Peckar

I suggest that one drive HMR and carefully observe the existing structures.

Two convenience stores of which the one on the west side is pretty crummy in appearance. Two very nice bank buildings and the BLM. Then there's a trailer park, an abandoned building with a large radio tower, an empty house, a bunch of mini strip malls,a dollar store, a fast food joint and a couple of storage lockers.

In short, HMR is not that fantastic. Without some demolition it will never be what the administration wants.

A nice clean tire shop just might be an asset and improvement.


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: H S

He is just trying to beat out Big O which is over priced. He also wants to attract to business that will have to pass the new Discount Tire that is in the works to go in next to IHOP while on there way to his other store across town. Ya that's right Discount Tire in the middle of town ask around.

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: the first time and not the last time

the good old boys and girls just want to tax us even more ! look at the water rate jan 1 13

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: Eyes wide OPEN!

5 guys and the Chipolte are slowly moving along. There were a bunch of guys over there last week doing inspections.

If the tire guy has the money and if his design can be made to fit the desired look of the Hualapai Corridor, which I hope would include no garage doors and vehicle work on the road side of the building, then let the guy spend HIS money.


Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Article comment by: KO TAY

Wow some people just don't get it. New place often hire new workers. Dang people don't you want to put America o work. Freakin Libs want to know what color, how many trees, and if it will impact their morning drive to welfare office. Who care give people jobs.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Kathy It's Me Again

Really? I'd like to see a Kohl's come to town.
Tires all look alike, so blah. Who cares where you buy them?


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Allan Gleason

I live just off Hualapai Mountain Road and appreciate the convenience of local businesses located down on the flat 'business' section of the road. I do wish that one of the major food stores would locate there just as Walgreen drug has -- perhaps next to the existing KFC. I moved my banking to the more convenient Mohave State Bank not because of its location but that I did not approve of the banking practices of BOA!

I do trade with Big O tires, but only because they advertise aggressively and provide what I consider 'good deals'. However, Kingman is small enough that I'm perfectly willing to travel across town to Northern Ave. to have what I consider a great pizza at Vito's or Mexican delights at down-town El Palacio's!

I believe that businesses should serve the people, not people serve the businesses! It is important that the types of business on WM road be restricted to low profile, clean upscale neighborhood friendly establishments. For example, I'm not sure that a large, late night movie facility should be appropriate for the site originally proposed despite it being approved. It really should stay down town!


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: juan gonzales

problem is there already too many tire shops in kingman. plus Superior Tire price are a lot higner than most for everything you need, but if mr. Burgess wants to build another tire shop go ahead i'm sure the city could use more tax money.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

"The city has decided that those restaurants don't fit into the cities future grand master plan...which apparently is blight and nothingness"

I guess here is another poster who does not read and pay attention. If you check the archives of the KDM, there is an article that states that construction will not start until January.

How about we wait until them to condemn the city?


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: confusiuc says

to you guys crying that there is a big-O right there already. news flash he opened the first shop right next to stockton hill tire and seemed to do just fine there. if he thinks there is profit to be made then by all means kevin build that thing. FREE enterprise its what america was built on so lets go kingman supervisers stop trying to hold the man back.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: R .

@ Wondering & Waiting

The city has decided that those restaurants don't fit into the cities future grand master plan...which apparently is blight and nothingness!
Have a nice day!


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Thai Mai Shu

@ Doing research.
Actually in Kingman, restaurant management and tire store management are closely related.

I say that because most often when I eat out anywhere here everything is as tough as an old tire, so there must be some interaction between the two industries.

Here is the deal on Hualapai Mountain Road.

When it was 1st put together it was billed as the entrance to the Hualapai Mountains and it was envisioned as a rather upscale business corridor with neighborhood facilities like doctors, lawyers, professional offices.

They tweeked it here and there but never gave into the pressure to open it up to all business types. Even Gas and Grub had a heck of a time to get the car wash.

They don't need a tire store there, pure and simple.


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Steve McCall

To all who are saying it is ridiculous to open another Tire shop on HMR what about Office Depot opening in the very same shopping center as Staples. It wasn't long before Office Depot went out now we have two pet stores in the same shopping center. Think about it basically Big Lots, bealls, and Ross are all the same type of retail store, yet nobody is complaining about them being so close together.
This is just another example of how government fails to realize that they work for the people.


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: A. M.

"The whole purpose of the overlay district was to establish design standards and accomplish a unified Southwestern look. People just want the area to look nice and don't want a business to come in and destroy the look, he said."

Sooo...how does the Dollar General store on HMR establish design standards and have a Southwestern look? Not sure how that one passed the 'standards' and this tire store doesn't. Yes, I know it's on their short list of unwanted businesses. However, his tire shop has always been tidy and I've never deemed it an eye sore. Just have him get approved elevation prints prior to starting.

I really don't think this one is worth the fight since Big O is so close, but if he wants to fight it, then it's his time and money. There were grand ideas slated for this road, but our economy is much different now. I highly doubt we'll be getting that much-anticipated theater.


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Are you Serious

YOu guys undewrstand that there is a big O tire over there right??? Another tire shop right down the road would be stupid. And he even said he wanted to open one on Andy Devine and Stockton Hill.....Again the Big O tire is already there.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: STUART VARON

WHEN THE VOTERS KEEP VOTING IN THE SAME PEOPLE AND EXPECT DIFFERENT RESULTS IT AMAZES ME...VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT!!! GET DIFFERENT PEOPLE IN GET DIFFERENT RESULTS!!!

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Nick Schmidt

"Clear design objectives" says City.
Unfortunately, Oscar Niemayer died one week ago, age 104. So find a live neo Art-Deco architect for that area. Mohave State Bank got style. If the design is good enough to attract tourists for pic-
tures, Mr. Burgess gets the o.k.


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Nice Chuckle

@Wondering

"What ever happened to the 5 guys burgers & fries & Chipolte that were supposed to open in Nov? Did the city of kingman shut those down too?"

I'm pretty sure those weren't supposed to open until closer the January 1st.


Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: How About

How about opening it over by Long Mountain and the airport and where the new race tracks are going to be? I'm sure they will needs tons of new tires and repair.

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Article comment by: Wondering & Waiting

What ever happened to the 5 guys burgers & fries & Chipolte that were supposed to open in Nov? Did the city of kingman shut those down too?


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