A Clintonville auto shop will take a decidedly pro-environmental stance when it launches a second enterprise in the neighborhood.

A Clintonville auto shop will take a decidedly pro-environmental stance when it launches a second enterprise in the neighborhood.

Tong Da, 3395 Indianola Ave., will open a green-friendly body shop on the vacant site formerly occupied by a Clark gas station just down the street.

Jiashun "Jocelyn" Lin, who owns the business with her husband Guochun "Tom" Lin, said the plan is to close their body shop on Mt. Pleasant Avenue on the Near North Side and build a 9,000-square-foot facility at 4100 Indianola.

She said several green principles have gone into the design of the building, which should be ready for business by the end of the year. The Lins have rezoned the parcel but are still awaiting some building permits from the city.

Mrs. Lin said foliage will be planted on the roof and rainwater will be collected and stored in underground tanks, to be used at a later date. It will have an elaborate air-filter system to help rein in emissions and also feature a mechanism that will help recycle compressed air.

"It's a good thing, with energy costs and global warming," she said. "Down the road, it will save us money, too. So everybody wins."

Yusuf Abucar, a Clintonville architect, designed the structure - his first green building and a concept he is promoting to other clients.

He called the Lins' dedication to the project admirable.

"They went beyond the call of duty," he said. "They are very concerned about the environment."

Abucar expressed frustration over the city's permitting process, which he considered to be convoluted and led to several delays. A spokesman with Columbus said the city is trying to streamline the process, making it easier for people to obtain permits in a quicker fashion.

Tong Da has been in Clintonville since 1997. It moved from High Street to Indianola Avenue in 2000 and has since expanded. Mrs. Lin said the new body shop will be larger than the Near North Side location and closer to more customers.

Although the repair shop only works on Asian imports, the body shop will accept all makes and models, she said.

D Searcy, chairwoman of the Clintonville Area Commission, agreed that the Lins' consideration of the environment is a "marvelous idea."

"The Whetstone Recreation Center has some elements of that," Searcy said. "It's nice to see another building coming online in Clintonville that incorporates a lot of green technology."