Leander considers special permits for classic car shop, food truck bar


A Leander junkyard wants to change its image. Property owners in north Leander want to bring food trucks to town. The City of Leander will hear public comments on both proposals at their meeting Thursday.

From trash to treasure

Floyd Cantwell Used Cars & Parts, located on the northwest corner of RM 2243 and Toll Road 183A, requested a 10-year special use permit to convert his 35-year-old scrap vehicle business to restoring and selling classic cars and parts, while expanding its fabrication facilities.

Owner Floyd Cantwell and his new business partner, Skotz Inc., said they plan to expand the parts and steel fabrication part of the business currently located within the existing building on the four-acre tract. They plan to construct hard to find parts for classic cars as well as steel supports for high end homes and oil industry equipment, and want to eventually store steel outside where the wrecked vehicles are currently located.

“Stacks of cars in the yard will be an image of the past,” the proposal said. “The type of vehicles in the yard will be changing to classic cars that are either awaiting new owners or updating within our facility.”

The proposal includes plans to refurbish the current building, fencing and parking lot. The business will specialize in classic car restoration and sales from the 1920s to the 1970s in addition to steel parts fabrication.

Pups and portable food

Property owners Katy Leung and Michael Ballard requested a 10-year special use permit for their near-5-acre tract on the northeast corner of CR 279 and Oak Creek Road to develop an environmentally friendly dog daycare and kennel, as well as a food truck bar and patio. Other proposed improvements include a metal barn reception area, two crushed granite parking areas and landscaping around the perimeter to act as a sound barrier.

A 30-unit kennel and indoor play area, including four grooming stations, will be housed in the new barn. The dog-friendly food truck park, including space for multiple food trucks, a patio, bar, playground and restroom facilities.

They also plan to sell natural pet products made from herbs and crops grown on site. Dwarf goats and a mini-cow will also be on the property to produce milk for the pet products for sale.

The property, which was annexed by the City of Leander recently, is zoned as residential. It currently has a house and a horse barn. The permit allows for un-soundproofed outdoor dog areas to encroach into the minimum 200-foot setback from the other residential areas, using crushed granite parking lots instead of paved or asphalt ones and to build the barn without it being at least 85 percent masonry.

“The intent is to provide the community with an environmentally conscious dog facility and social venue for the citizens of Leander,” the owners’ proposal said.

Both proposals’ public hearings will be at the Leander City Council meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Pat Bryson Municipal Hall, 201 N. Brushy St. Citizens who wish to speak for or against these proposals must sign up prior to the meeting in order to speak.