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Ripon may get new workout gym, smog shop on South Acacia
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The Ripon Planning Commission will continue discussions on a Major Site Review for LJV Enterprises.

Commissioners looked at the plans at 942 S. Acacia Ave, in the light industrial area of town – possible uses for this space include a smog shop, workout gym or a plumbing contractor’s office, according to Director of Planning Ken Zuidervaart at the Oct. 14 meeting – to be conducted in two phases.

Phase I of that is a 7,500 square foot industrial office building while Phase II is a 4,200 square foot building.

Zuidervaart described the exterior of the buildings as “a mixture of different shades of gray” with sheathing on the upper area of the entire building and split face block wainscoting adorning the bottom.

Both will be one story with a flat pitched roof screened by a parapet wall – four contractor suites which will consist of a 200 square foot office area and about 1,400 square feet of warehouse space with a total of 25 parking spaces at the buildout with 17 of those being part of Phase I, according to Zuidervaart.

Commissioner David Collins inquired on the timeframe in which Phase II is to be completed and agreed with Ward Schemper, who lives nearby at De Pedrini Drive, on the fencing.

Schemper prefers wrought iron over that of the chain-link type with black slats, believing the latter will be more of a target for graffiti – plans show that the applicant, Rick Vaughan, will have equipment parked out there.

Commissioner Mike Garcia also supports the wrought iron fencing, which, he said: “will look much nicer.”

Phase I has a timeframe of 18 months, Zuidervaart said.

Commissioners approved 5-0 to revisit this item at their Nov. 18 meeting with a request for the applicant to be in attendance to answer questions.