El Prado hard­ware store headed for fi­nal vote

The Taos News - - LOCAL NEWS - — Cody Hooks

A fi­nal vote to ei­ther ap­prove or deny a new hard­ware store in El Prado near KTAOS and the Old Blink­ing Light is sched­uled for next month.

The Taos County Com­mis­sion will hear the ap­pli­ca­tion for a north­side Ace hard­ware store, as well as other re­tail space, at a pub­lic hear­ing set for Nov. 27 at 9 a.m. All com­mis­sion meet­ings hap­pen in the com­mi­sion cham­bers at 105 Al­bright Street in Taos.

The plan to build a new hard­ware store, which would be near the ex­ist­ing north­side Ran­dall Lum­ber and Hard­ware store, was for­mally sub­mit­ted to the county in April. Af­ter some back and forth with the Taos County Plan­ning Depart­ment, the plan was deemed com­plete Sept. 10 and re­ceived con­di­tional ap­proval at the plan­ning com­mis­sion meet­ing Oct. 10.

The project pro­posal calls for a 17,268 square-foot hard­ware store, 7,085 square feet of re­tail and of­fice space, a 4,671 square-foot restau­rant and a 2,105 square-foot cafe. Half of the 6.8 acre lot will be kept open space, and plans have been laid out to pre­serve a nearby ace­quia.

If ap­proved, wa­ter would be sup­plied by the El Prado Wa­ter and San­i­ta­tion Dis­trict. An April 3 let­ter from the dis­trict said the prop­erty “will have ac­cess to the (El Prado) wa­ter sys­tem for do­mes­tic use as well as fire pro­tec­tion, sub­ject to the fund­ing be­ing avail­able and the main wa­ter line be­ing com­plete by the end of 2018.”

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