A large swath of land in east Mesa designated for industrial use that has sat vacant for years could become the next home of several businesses.
All the plan needs is approval from the city and to attract future tenants.
The Planning and Zoning Board met last week and approved preliminary plans for the project called "Mesa Industrial Park." The site would fall in the 7400 to 7600 block of South Sossaman Road, located south of Pecos Road on the west side of Sossaman, according to city documents.
The next step in the long process could take months to finalize the plans and send them back to the city, then on to the council for approval, said Greg Davis, a consultant with the project. "It could take about six months," he said.
The preliminary plan calls for 24 lots on the 50-acre site. The lots would range in size from one to three acres.
Davis said he could not go into details about the plans the owner has for the land.
The owner of the land was listed in city documents as Dennis Barney of Sossaman 30 LLC.
According to city documents, the land was once used as an auto salvage site with a five-year time limit.
Planning and zoning officials said the land sat vacant for several years before being groomed for the potential industrial park.
New Planning and Zoning Board chairman Frank Mizner said the development was in line with the vision for the area.
"It is consistent with our long-range plans and it will benefit us through employment opportunities," Mizner said.
He said that although it's too early to know what types of businesses would be going into the development, anything is better than nothing.
"It's quite likely at this point that the property owner doesn't even know the specifics of who's going into the property," Mizner said. "We're looking for land uses that will provide employment, such as commercial, industrial and warehousing."
Planning and Zoning Department Director John Wesley said that while it could be months before the project appears before the council, the next step is for the city to review the finalized plans.
"The staff will be looking at more technical issues," he said.
Wesley said the industrial site could contain several businesses, such as office and warehouse space.
"The land is still zoned industrial, but the lots will be too small for industrial use," he said.
Wesley said the land had previously been zoned for a concrete batch plant, but those plans never solidified.