Clovis council OKs rezoning for retail

The Clovis Research and Technology Park is about to add another large development, but without a high-tech name tag.

The Clovis City Council voted Monday to rezone a portion of the Sunrise Pavilion for retail development to allow uses both north and south of Alluvial Avenue, east of Temperance Avenue. A CVS Pharmacy and a second retail pad are proposed north of Alluvial Avenue.

But retail was not supposed to be north of Alluvial Avenue when the project was first approved in 2002.

It occurred when the city wanted to extend Alluvial east of Temperance, which would allow the addition of a phase to the technology park. To achieve that, it required the city to trade land with Sunrise Pavilion developer Kevin Tweed.

That trade in 2005 changed the configuration of Tweed's property because Alluvial bisected his land. Because of that change, he can no longer build a 20,000-square-foot space for an office supplies store.

There was no opposition to the project at Monday night's meeting.

To build his 77,000-square feet of retail, Tweed is going to foot the bill for a new portion of Alluvial Avenue, east of Temperance. The city will eventually reimburse him.

City Council members said they were concerned that the third phase of the technology park could be many years away.

Mayor Bob Whalen even queried: "Are we building a street or avenue to nowhere?"

City Manager Kathy Millison assured council members that there has been developer interest in technology park property east of Tweed's project.

In addition to CVS, Tweed hopes also to accommodate a high-end hotel.

The only commercial development north of Highway 168 along Temperance includes a Starbucks, Subway and Me 'N' Ed's Pizza restaurant, south of Alluvial and west of the proposed center. It also was built by Tweed.

Another concern is access to the drugstore off Temperance Avenue because it does not conform with Caltrans conditions. Caltrans is involved in the decision-making process because its Highway 168 ramps are in close proximity to the project.

The concern is that the proposed entry to CVS is about 225 feet north of the Temperance and Alluvial intersection. Caltrans requires that the entry be at least 250 feet north of the intersection. Tweed said he is working with a neighboring landowner to meet the Caltrans requirements.