America’s largest truck stop company has applied for a permit to demolish the Baker Truck Corral and build a travel center on the nearly 9-acre property on the south side of Campbell Street beside Interstate 84.
Pilot Flying J of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the applicant.
The company owns more than 750 travel centers in 44 states and six Canadian provinces, according to its website. Its Northeastern Oregon locations are at Stanfield, La Grande and Ontario.
According to the application the company filed with the Baker City-County Planning Department, the new travel center would include an Arby’s restaurant with a drive-through, a convenience store, drivers’ lounge and public laundry, 10 fuel stations for passenger vehicles and seven diesel stations for trucks.
The restaurant, store and other services would be in a one-story structure covering 10,688 square feet, according to the application.
Because the proposed structure is smaller than 15,000 square feet, and because a travel center is an allowed use in the general-commercial zone, the Planning Department can approve the application and the matter, known as a Type II review, does not go before the city Planning Commission, said Eva Henes, a senior planner at the planning department.
A notice was sent about two weeks ago to property owners in the area, and the department didn’t receive any public comments, Henes said.
Planning department officials are working on a staff report, and Planning Director Holly Kerns will decide whether to approve the application. That could happen by early October, and the decision would be subject to appeal for 14 days, Henes said.
Projects that involve a subjective decision, such as a conditional-use permit, go to the planning commission, Henes said.
But Type II projects are more straightforward, with the main issue being whether the project complies with zoning rules and other regulations.
Ryan Robinson of Pilot Flying J said Tuesday that the company has not bought the Baker Truck Corral property. Robinson said the company is looking at options for the property but does not have a signed agreement.
The application lists Kurt Miller as the property owner.
He is the registered agent for DC & KM LLC, the Oregon company listed as the property owner on Baker County Assessor’s Office records.
According to those records the current truck stop building is 10,314 square feet — slightly smaller than Pilot Flying J’s proposed structure.
The Truck Corral was built in 1975, according to the Assessor’s Office.
The market value of the property, including land and buildings, is listed on tax records as $2,188,770.