Paco’s Tacos to be reconsidered |

Paco’s Tacos to be reconsidered

The Grass Valley City Council will consider tonight whether or not a fast-food drive-through restaurant should be built at the corner of French Avenue and Mill Street.

David Wambaugh of Penn Valley wants the Grass Valley City Council to overrule the Planning Commission’s decision to turn down his plans – a 1,425 square-foot, drive-through restaurant on a 0.47-acre lot at the bottom of French Avenue.

Traffic leaving and entering the proposed restaurant – tentatively called Paco’s Tacos – could create traffic hazards, the Planning Commission ruled in November. French Avenue residents have repeatedly complained that cars speed up and down the street. (Today’s vote comes two weeks after the City Council voted to install speed humps along French Avenue.)

In addition, the restaurant does not meet the city’s design guidelines and may not be compatible with the rest of the neighborhood, the commissioners said in a unanimous vote Nov. 19.

Wambaugh, who spent $400 on an advertisement published Saturday in The Union to garner support for his development, will come to the City Council meeting, lawyer in tow. “I’ve got to, just in case,” Wambaugh said Monday.

“I don’t want to sue anybody,” he said. “But what am I going to do if they turn me down?” He’s got to feed his family, he said.

The restaurant, he stressed, will be a mom-and-pop operation, open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week. The salsa is his wife’s tomato-based recipe, he said.

Karl Resch, who runs the Swiss House across the street, said he would support a restaurant at the site, but not a drive-through. This will create traffic and garbage problems, he said. “That’s not good for the neighborhood.”

The fast-food restaurant should be in a shopping area, he said.

The city has received at least 16 letters in support of the project from residents in the neighborhood.

Wambaugh said he and his wife will not let the property be trashed. “We’re trying to be good neighbors,” he said.

The plans show driveways onto both French Avenue and Mill Street.

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