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Planning commission

Vote gets things rolling for Byers Auto

Representatives: Plan is to have facility done by late fall

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If all goes according to plan, Grove City will have a new car dealership before the year is out.

On March 4, the Grove City Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend City Council approve a development plan for a Byers Chevrolet auto dealership.

The development plan now goes to City Council for a first reading on Monday, March 17, with the vote tentatively scheduled for April 7. The dealership would be located on North Meadows Drive near London Groveport Road and Interstate 71. Last September, council unanimously approved a special use permit allowing automotive sales and service at the site.

"This is a great project for the Byers family and Grove City," said Brian Reynolds of Architectural Alliance, representing Byers. "The goal is to have it done by Thanksgiving."

In addition to selling new and pre-owned vehicles, the dealership plans to offer vehicle service and parts as well as car washes on-site.

According to staff reports from the city's development department, the dealership would have a 47,000-square-foot building and 391 parking spaces, 275 of which would accommodate new and used inventory vehicles while the remaining 116 would be used for employees, service vehicles and visitors. Included in the total parking space count, according to information Byers submitted to the city, are "accommodations for two Chevy Volt electronic vehicle charging stations."

The showroom of the dealership would face I-71.

"We're anxious for you to get started," Planning Commission Chairman Marvin Holt told Byers' representatives.

In other business:

* The planning commission approved another automobile-related project. The commission unanimously voted to recommend approval of a special use permit that would allow a Meineke Car Care at the Anchor Retail Center at 3188 Broadway. The permit now moves to City Council for consideration.

The auto repair center will have five service bays, according to information from the city development department, with the potential to expand to seven. Among the services to be provided will be oil changes, repair of brakes and mufflers, tires and wheel alignments but no heavy engine repair or replacement or auto body work.

The property is projected to have operating hours of 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

* The commission also voted to recommend granting a special use permit for Once Upon a Child, 2221 Stringtown Road, for selling merchandise along the front sidewalk. Among the listed merchandise that will be sold during warmer months are bicycles, strollers and children's outdoor play equipment.

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