Kevin Lee is investing in the future of Delta with the purchase of the old quonset hut formerly occupied by Odyssey Roofing.
He recently appeared before the Delta Planning Commission and Delta City Council, seeking a zoning change for the property at 520 Highway 92 to allow outside storage of equipment associated with his business, SBS Inspections. In addition to that company, which provides power line inspections, he and his wife own the Jungle Gym Fitness Center in Olathe and the Fuel Rise and Shine Coffee hut at the rear of the car wash on Highway 92 in Delta.
The request for a change in zoning from B-2 to B-3 was approved by Delta City Council and will become final on second reading in early June. Rezoning of the property reflects a city council priority of being business and builder friendly.
In a written summary for the planning commission, Lee said he purchased the property in September 2017 and has since spent a considerable amount of time and money removing trash, clearing away weeds and erecting a chainlink fence to secure the property. Then, after several attempted break-ins of the buildings and the fenced area in the rear, he installed motion security lights, surveillance cameras and internet security monitoring.
Lee said he's been interested in the property for some time. "We had considered moving to Grand Junction in our next venture, but Delta is our home and we decided we want to be part of Delta's exciting new growth potential," he said. "The potential with this particular property is very exciting considering the Highway 92 frontage and the fact that the huge piece of property on the north side of 92 is prime for development and growth."
He said he and his wife have discussed some exciting options for the quonset hut that could include retail space and an internet coffee café. The back of the property will be used for parking and storage.
Lee said he is ready to immediately begin revamping the quonset hut to give it a well-deserved facelift. "Nothing happens by magic and I foresee this as a yearlong project, but given the opportunity we will add a shining point to an area that's long been considered an eyesore of the community," he said.
The quonset hut was one of five properties considered by the city for blight remediation. The city eventually turned its focus to West Appliance Center, which will soon be demolished and replaced with a pocket park.
Lee said, "I personally am very excited over the prosperity Delta is capable of achieving and I'm sure that with the right leadership and vision of the future, it will happen. We would like to invest in that future and be part of it."