By Mara Knaub | Yuma Sun
The owner of property located on South Arizona Avenue, between 17th and 18th streets, stretching east to the railroad tracks, intends to clean up the parcels and then sell them for construction of a multifamily apartment complex.
The owner, Bruce and Linda D. Butcher Living Trust, requested annexation of the property at 1749 S. Arizona Ave. and the southeast corner of Riley Avenue, into Yuma to obtain city utilities, police and fire services. Currently, much of the property is vacant, with some serving as a junkyard.
The City Council on Wednesday held a public hearing on the annexation request. No members of the public asked to speak on the request.
The annexation area totals about 23 acres and consists of two parcels, the adjacent right-of-way along Arizona Avenue, Riley Avenue, 18th Street and railroad, and two small parcels owned by the federal government.
The Butcher Trust is also pursuing a general plan land use change from commercial to high-density residential for the bulk of the two properties. The case is scheduled to be heard by the Planning and Zoning Commission on Jan 9.