Truck stop near Palo Alto Battlefield raises concerns

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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014 - 5:31pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 9:22am

The Palo Alto Battlefield in Brownsville may receive a new neighbor in the form of a truck stop.

The opening stages for a new developments begin with getting the privately owned land re-zoned to make way for light industrial zoning.

Michael Warrix, Planning Director, "The proposal that staff was presented with was for a re-zoning for a 13 acre parcel of property, and there was not any specific use mentioned as part of that application."

It is now said that the land will be turned into a truck stop to help link the traffic from the Port of Brownsville, to the expressway.

Even though the battlegrounds itself are located on the other side of the expressway, the truck stop would be located on 13 acres, on the southwest corner of Paredes and 511.

Superintendent Spier says that he is still concerned for the future of the battlefield.

Mark Spier, Superintendent Palo Alto Battlefield, "Trucks typically idle, there's noise, there's fumes. The intersection of Paredes Line Road with 511 is already a busy intersection, and to introduce a number of trucks and other traffic from that facility into an already busy intersection without proper traffic planning, may be an issue in the future."

The 168 year old battlefield is a tourist attraction to the city. Planning Director Warrix says there are always concerns with economical growth interfering with historical preservation and that a balance must be met.

But the plan for the truck stop has made its way to city commission.

Superintendent Spier, "When the park was created it was at the intersection of a four way stop on two country roads, and now there's a toll road next to us. You know change is inevitable, but responsible change can be managed."

Warrix says that the final decision will be made by the city commission. There is no word yet for an expected start date.

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