Of the several locations set to undergo partial to full acquisition by the City of Mesa’s light-rail extension project, five of them are auto shops. MCJ’s Tires & Wheels, De Valle Motors, Mesa Muffler, Wilky’s Performance Center, and Gunnell’s Tire & Auto are among the businesses facing partial to full seizure. As the light-rail project in essence implies the promotion of public transportation, is it also strategically displacing downtown Mesa auto shops?
While one could easily argue this position, it’s doubtful that this is more than an unfortunate coincidence. Though it might seem suspicious that more than half of the properties preparing for 100% acquisition are in the automotive repair and service industry, it should be taken into consideration that these stores are all located on Main St. within a three-mile stretch.
Downtown Mesa will surely miss these long-standing businesses. Wilky’s Performance Shop has been in operation for several decades, and Gunnell’s Tire & Auto since 1953. As Theresa S. from Queen Creek writes in her Yelp review, Gunnell’s provides the “quickest service I’ve ever experienced for getting tires rotated and/or balanced.” While the light-rail is projected to bring great economic advancement to some areas of downtown, it signals the end of an era for some local favorites.
If you have been affected, or have received notice that your home or business will be affected by the light-rail extension project, I highly suggest that you contact an experienced Arizona eminent domain attorney. Call (480)-428-3572 to set up a consultation to better understand your rights as a property owner.