Pasco gives OK to used car lot

Pasco is getting a new used car lot that City Manager Gary Crutchfield jokingly described as small enough to qualify for the Guinness World Records.

The Pasco City Council unanimously approved a special permit for a used car lot on the southeast corner of 10th Avenue and A Street on Monday.

Crutchfield said the site, at 12,850 square feet, is probably the smallest area a car lot can fit on.

Councilman Al Yenney said the car lot would be a positive improvement. "That corner has been an eyesore," he said.

Julian Parra, who applied for the permit, also owns Parra's Auto Sales at 553 E. Columbia Drive in Kennewick.

The special permit is required for the Pasco lot because city code only allows car lots in the retail business zone when they are on an intersection of two arterial roads, according to city documents.

The special permit includes conditions that multivehicle transport trucks can't be used in the alley or on the site, delivery trucks can't block the alley and no driveways can be added on A Street or 10th Avenue, according to city documents.

Crutchfield said if someone purchases the property, he or she will have to follow the same conditions outlined in the special permit.

Parra will be using an alley off of A Street to bring cars on and off the property, said Rick White, city director of community and economic development. He doesn't intend to use trucks to transport the cars.

Also Monday:

-- The council unanimously approved a special permit that will allow the Pasco School District to renovate Pasco High School's ball field and tennis courts.

The school district will be adding a new concession stand and press box, replacing dugouts, storage and fencing and adding new lighting to the ball field and tennis courts, White said.

The field lighting is supposed to be less intense light than city street lights, he said.

"I think it is going to be a great addition to the city," said Councilman Saul Martinez.

-- Yenney received a Certificate of Municipal Leadership from the Association of Washington Cities. The certificate requires more than 30 hours of training in the essentials of municipal service, including law, planning, community relationships and managing funds.