The way has been paved for a John Deere dealership in the Keyes area now that the Stanislaus County Board of Supervisors has approved a rezoning application.
Now operating a farm equipment dealership at Whitmore Avenue and Crows Landing Road, the Belkorp Ag LLC plans to move to a 17-acre site to 4618 Nunes Rd., which is east of Highway 99 and north of Keyes Road. The company believes the site, which is across the street from the Keyes Head Start campus, is more accessible and visible.
The company's application indicated that it plans to erect a 57,000-square-foot two-story building to house retail sales, offices, a parts department and service center. Larger equipment will be displayed outdoors. The remainder of the property will be made available for restaurants, convenience stores or equipment sales.
Included in the application were plans for a 74-space parking lot and a one acre drainage basin south of the proposed building.
Belkorp sells John Deere tractors, golf equipment and riding lawnmowers and equipment for dairies, orchards and Gator utility vehicles. Besides the site in south Modesto, Belkorp has facilities in Patterson, Merced and Stockton.
The rezone from P-D 302 (Planned Development) and A-2-10 (General Agriculture) to a new P-D zone allows for H-1 (Highway Frontage) uses. It had to be completed before the company works on acquiring the site.
The site was originally rezoned from A-2-10 to P-D 55 in 2006 to allow for a proposed 50,000-square-foot Cherokee Plaza with a beauty college, restaurants and retail businesses, but the project was never developed.
The Stanislaus County Planning Commission approved the application on Oct. 1 and heard no public concerns with the project.
The site would be primarily accessed from N. Golden State Boulevard.