MESA, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) — It used to be a big empty parking lot. Now, it's a cool hangout where food trucks flourish and hundreds of hungry diners arrive six nights a week. The Power Food Park in east Mesa has grown in popularity since it first popped up in the spring of 2020. But not everyone enjoys the new hot spot.
David Sloan is one of two dozen neighbors hoping the city of Mesa does not allow the Power Food Park, off Power Road and McKellips Road, to stay permanently. "The motorcycles, car alarms, all of the people," said Sloan. "When people get together, they shout and cheer and have a good time. Having a loud BBQ in the park six nights a week, that's what I live next to."
The Mesa City Council has been asked to rezone the land to allow the food truck operations to continue permanently. A vote on rezoning was scheduled this week, but council members put off the decision, leaving the food truck park in limbo.
David Darling is one of the owners of the Power Food Park. "We were a little disappointed that the council was waiting and did not act on this, especially with the holiday season representing so many small businesses in Mesa," said Darling. "We wanted to get our development underway to have a permanent home for these food trucks and to have a community space."
The city has cited the owner in the past for having trash and debris visible from off the property. But the owner insists steps will be taken to keep the area clean and future events won't run late at night, and music and noise will be kept in check.
Sloan has set up an electronic billboard on the roof of his house to let visitors know how he feels about the food truck park being in his backyard. "It's not that I hate people eating food, or you are doing the wrong thing, and I hate you," said Sloan. "It's not that at all. I appreciate you having a good time, but recognize there's an impact." The Mesa City Council is expected to address the zoning issue after the first of the year.