Bellevue City Council on Monday approved a request for a lot line adjustment to pave the way for a new Ford dealership and motorsports store, which will be owned by former NBA star Karl Malone.

The proposed development would be located at the northern limits of the city, on the west side of National Road 75.

Plans include two large commercial buildings on several acres of vacant land north of Kirtley Street.

Malone’s architect, Errin Bliss, presented concept plans for the first phase of the development project to the city council on Monday.

“Adjusting the lot line will allow us to move forward with the project,” Bliss said.

The subdivision request was made on June 21 to develop three tax lots. A memo from the city to city council says the underlying tax lots would have bisected the two proposed buildings and that city engineers suggested the city “clean up” these lot lines to “better reflect the topography of the site” and avoid building on the lot lines. Adjusting the lot line allows a commercial building to be built without crossing a lot line and also establishes a large commercial lot near the highway.

Councilman Chris Johnson supported the move.

“Cleaning it up so you can use it is a good idea,” Johnson said.

Malone, a former professional NBA player nicknamed “The Mailman”, recently purchased a Ford dealership from Hailey.

According to news sources, Malone also owned several car dealerships in Utah and New Mexico, as well as several restaurants and other businesses. His wife, Kay Kinsey, was Miss Idaho USA in 1988 when she met longtime Utah Jazz star Malone. The Malone-Kinsey family is based in Louisiana.

Bliss said Monday that he plans to present more comprehensive development plans for approval to the P&Z Commission on August 1. 

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