Space For Food Trucks Part of Plan

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Renea Turner Luster addressed the Mountain View City Council last Tuesday night, presenting plans to renovate and reopen Marie’s Dairy Creme on East Main Street, asking the council to create an ordinance to allow food trucks within the city.

Luster told the council she and her family were in the process of purchasing the property and plan to bring Marie’s back to life, serving food such as burgers, shakes and banana splits. To offset renovation costs, they would like to have a food truck court on the property with up to five food trucks, depending on the space.

Also, to speed up the renovation process they would like to attach a mobile kitchen to the existing Marie’s building, similar to the Music Box downtown, and be connected to city water and sewer. She explained there were electrical and other issues with the current building.

Councilman Dana Woods said he was pretty sure it was acceptable to attach a mobile kitchen to a structure as a permanent structure. He noted he had heard Planning and Zoning Officer Rex Vannatter make the statement at a meeting.

Mayor Roger Gardner said the city’s planning and zoning commission would need to see the plans and make a decision on a food truck ordinance.  He said people often complain about food trucks because they just drive in and out at any time. He also questioned if there should be a designated area for food trucks.
Woods stated competition would control the amount of food trucks within the city.

Read the full story in the June 16 issue.

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