Laundromat-storage-apartment plan gets Safford P&Z endorsement

The parcel currently sitting with split zoning, that Chris Gibbs is seeking to unify under the C-2 zone, is highlighted in blue. - Contributed Image/Graham County GIS

SAFFORD — At its meeting Monday, the Safford Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously endorsed a plan for a multi-use development that combines a laundromat, storage and apartments.

Chris Gibbs is requesting a zoning change for a vacant parcel on U.S. Highway 191, from split zoning of multiple family residential (R-2) and highway commercial (C-2) to just C-2.

“There’s only one laundromat facility in this Valley, and it’s over in Thatcher,” Gibbs said. “That doesn’t mean that Safford should have its own; it just means that the people on the east end of town need to have something that’s more convenient to them.”

Gibbs said there would be four one-bedroom units in the apartment portion of the development. Safford zoning code allows for residential units on the upper floors of commercially-zoned buildings.

Four people spoke in opposition to the zoning request, primarily focusing on traffic issues in the neighborhood to the rear of the property.

The request now moves to the City Council for final action.