Different Opinions From Neighbors On City Pawnbroker Approval | New
After being denied their conditional use permit by the Planning Commission, USA Pawn appealed to city council on June 10 and the council voted unanimously to approve the permit and allow them to build a new facility. on 67th Avenue and Bethany Home Road.
“The applicant is appealing the Planning Board’s decision to deny his application,” said Jon Froke, Director of Planning. “This is the town planning commission’s first appeal since 2004.
The owners had said they would renovate the building, increase and improve the landscaping, and increase the building area to improve the appearance of the corner. They also plan to hire a large number of employees for the new location.
All repairs and construction will be done by the new owners and would cost the city nothing.
Citizens were divided in their opinion on the new store.
“My parents live in the area and I am their caretaker, but this proposed pawnshop has added a lot of stress to my parents,” said Jody Fielder of Phoenix. “I think if it’s approved it will increase crime rates and we just don’t need another pawnshop in this area.”
While opponents spoke out against the new store, residents near another location spoke about how it has improved the neighborhood and that it would be a plus for Glendale.
“I want to let you know what happened when USA Pawn arrived on 53rd Avenue and Indian School Road,” said Dwight Amory of Phoenix. “There was a heavily vandalized building there and they came in and demolished it and built a new one that added two more offices. Thanks to them, we now have an emergency and dental care center in our neighborhood. It is an incredible company that has improved our region tremendously. “
USA Pawn proposes that the new store be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. The proposed store will not sell firearms or provide auto title loans from this location.
The proposed location is surrounded by a variety of commercial businesses, including a U-Haul rental facility to the north, auto repairs to the east, a vacant building that was previously a securities lending office to the south, and a gas station to the west.
“The citizens have expressed real concerns, but I think I have to follow the recommendations of the staff and the police and the fire department,” said council member Manny Martinez. “I hate going against the planning board, but I have to support this demand.”
Mayor Jerry Weiers said the current building was not visibly attractive and he often wondered if it was open.
“I drove through this building a number of times and thought they were bankrupt,” Weiers said. “The point is, if they sell products there, it will give us more funds to support our police and fire departments.”