Property owner wants to build two-story building on site of old Main Stop Market

by: KATE WENNERSTROM/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Main Stop Market, on the corner of Lynn Boulevard and South Main Street, was recently torn down to make way for an updated convenience store.

Paving the way for a fresh start, a local man recently purchased, and then demolished a decades old market.
   The corner of Lynn Boulevard and South Main Street already looks different. However more changes are in store.
   "I'm putting a new market and a deli in there," new owner Ronald Richardson said. "I'm going to move it to the back of the property and have all the parking in the front of it."
   The previous building, originally constructed in 1940, was most recently known as the Main Stop Market. In the spring of 2007, then-owners David and Kathy Jones closed the store.
   "We were selling the building, so we just kind of liquidated the business part of it when the building was up for sale," Kathy said.
   "I saw that piece of property and I couldn't resist it," Richardson continued. "I just wanted to get the building down immediately."
   Now, trying to find enough room on the third of an acre, Richardson is feeling a little cramped.
   "I'm really limited on space on that property," Richardson added. "We're going to do sandwiches and a barbecue every day. We're also going to have coffee and a few tables in there. We wish we had more room actually. It's such a busy corner there."
   Richardson, already having plans drawn, is hoping to build a two-story structure on the bare lot.
   "The entire building is going to be approximately 3,000 square feet," Richardson said. "One half of the upstairs will be for my office and for storage. The other half, about 600 square feet upstairs, will be for a commercial office."
   In addition, Richardson is making plans for the placement of the building and parking area.
   "The store is going to be facing south so I can get the southern exposure. And we're going to do the minimum setbacks which are three feet. So, it's really going to be sitting back in the corner against the feed store and the RV storage next door," Richardson explained. "Then we're going to try to utilize as much parking in the front as we can. We're trying to get 20 parking spaces in the parking lot."
   According to the City of Prineville Planning Department, the number of allowed parking spaces is determined by the square footage of the building.
   "If he was going to build a store or something similar, it would be one (parking) space per 200 feet of floor area," Associate Planner Joshua Smith said. "It may not work on his site, so we'll have to see his proposal before we make any judgment on it."
   Smith also detailed the zoning requirements for the corner.
   "This is a C-5 zone. So we just default to our standard parking criteria. Now it changes if he's going to build an eating and drinking establishment, but I think he's planning on doing mostly a market again," Smith continued. "When I look at these criteria, you have the dimensions for where your employees are going to be and for where your customers are going to be. If there's a shop, you're going to have a place for storage, so you'd exclude the storage and you'd exclude the areas where only employees will be."
   The resulting figure might grant Richardson the amount of parking spaces he wants, while following the codes of the city.
   Along with determining the building will be suitable with ample parking, the planning department also takes into account possible concerns that may arise.
   "There's going to be a few issues with this property with drainage and a potential street light," Smith said. "We would want to make sure we have room. We don't want to put a building where a future street light is going to go."
   For now, Richardson is eager to begin construction, with hopes of opening the market at the end of summer.
   "We're really in the preliminary stages, but I think I should be breaking ground, I'm hoping, within the next 30 to 45 days to start the foundation," he said. "If it doesn't take too long on the permit end."
   "In the planning process, we have standard times," Smith added. "We always say we have 30 days for review and 120 days to actually approve it. Generally we don't take that long though."
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