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June 25, 2013

Nederland store owner agrees to give progress report

Mary Meaux
The Port Arthur News

NEDERLAND —  Nederland council is working with a businessman who wants to get a project back up to speed.

Waleed Khan’s plans to construct a convenience store/gas station at 2423 Nederland Ave. were temporarily put on hold after about five months of construction last year due to an illness in his family. The site sports sections of cinder block walls at once was the home of Bobbie’s Superette.

The business owner will now have two weeks from June 24 to return to council with a progress report regarding his building contractor and financing of the project.

Khan was facing condemnation of the building and attended Monday’s council meeting hoping to get additional time to get construction back on track.

In January 2012 the business owner was granted a specific use permit to install gas pumps in what is a neighborhood retail zoning district. Work on the project stopped in May 2012, just more than a year ago. At Khan’s request he was given 14 days to repermit and restart the project in April 2013. A clause was added to the project that 60 days from May 6 the lot would be demolished putting the deadline to July 6.

Nederland City Manager Chris Duque told council that Khan had been meeting with building official George Wheeler regarding the property.

Councilmember Talmadge Austin commented that the property is in the same shape it was a year ago when the issue was first approved.

“People will be happy to see progress on it,” Austin said, adding that residents have inquired about the unfinished building.

Khan addressed council and explained the reason for delay.

“I was out of town for a year. I have a family member who is sick,” Khan said. “I do my best to get this done ASAP.”

Financing the project is another issue for Khan, he said. He had obtained a bank approved loan when the project began and now he will have to get the go through the process again.

Council approved giving Khan two weeks to show proof of contact with a financial institution and with a contractor. Duque explained that council is not vetoing the project but they just want him to give a progress report.

In related business Khan was given eight weeks to address issues with his duplex at 145 and 147 Atlanta Avenue.

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