MOUNT VERNON — A denial to conduct business on location was the decision in a recent public hearing conducted by the Mount Vernon Board of Zoning Appeals.
Alan Stone, a partner in New Wave MV LLC, recently set up to do business in used car sales at the former Directions Credit Union on North Sandusky Street, only to find out he could not do so because the business is zoned as neighborhood commercial. Believing his business was very similar to the former business at this location, a plea was made to the board, who then denied the plea on the grounds that “it is not substantially similar,” according to Judy Cordle, Board of Zoning Appeals clerk.
“We wanted to open a car lot. We were never open for business,” said Stone. “We have overflow cars sitting there, but we’re not allowed to sell them. We can only take payments,” said Stone.
Safety-Service Director Dave Glass told the News he explained to Stone that there can be no test drives of cars on the lot and that sales stickers cannot be displayed on the cars as well. “He’s being very cooperative,” said Glass.
In order for car sales to take place at this location, zoning would have to be general business. Glass said that although no formal action has taken place, an application for rezoning can be made to city council who then passes it on to the planning commission. If the commission gives their approval, council can then conduct a public hearing before any final decision is made.
“We’ll just have to wait and see what we hear next from them,” said Glass.
Stone was not sure of what plans might be pursued in the matter.