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May 9, 2013

Car shop changes zoning

New plan includes zoning, demolition.

LOGANSPORT — Logansport Collision Center is working with the city of Logansport to clear up its ordinance violations and comply with zoning regulations.

Issues regarding the repair shop, located at 1730 Woodlawn Ave., have been addressed by several city departments and boards. There have been concerns regarding a parking lot at 1801 Woodlawn Ave. as well, which was formerly used by the business as a parking lot to store vehicles awaiting repair. The son of one of the business’ employees now owns the lot and said he plans to run it independently for auto sales.

Logansport Building Commissioner Bill Drinkwine said the parking lot was previously in violation of the city’s abandoned vehicles ordinance.

“At the time, there were multiple vehicles staged on the property and it was just unkempt,” Drinkwine said, adding that the property has since been cleaned up.

Two issues remain with the building department regarding the parking lot, one of which Drinkwine said pertains to an unsafe building structure on the property.

Additionally, as the parking lot owner’s intention of using it to sell vehicles is currently not identified in its Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals case, Logansport-Cass County Planning Director Arin Shaver said that change will have to be formally proposed and approved by the board.

“If he’s wanting to do that now, he has to go back and the board will review it as a new case and determine what the conditions are for him to do that,” Shaver said.

Regarding the collision center at 1730 Woodlawn Ave., Logansport Code Enforcement Officer George Franklin said he’s documented violations including exposed automobile parts, exceeding the number of vehicles allowed on the property and parking vehicles in front of the building that block the sidewalk and street.

Scott Hunter, an employee of Logansport Collision Center, spoke on behalf of the business at a Logansport Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Wednesday. He said he is working on a plan to submit to the Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals that includes a request to allow for more vehicles on the rear parking lot of the business.

He’s also looking into demolishing the unsafe building structure on the parking lot property, which his son Travis owns. He has since begun the construction of a privacy fence on the collision center property to remedy the violation pertaining to exposed automobile parts.

“We’re willing to do whatever it takes,” Hunter told members of the Board of Public Works and Safety.

Shaver said if Hunter submits his plan to the Logansport Board of Zoning Appeals within the next couple weeks, he could make the agenda for its meeting June 17, where the final details can be worked out.

In an interview after the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, Hunter said he was grateful for the cooperation of the city officials.

“I’m very pleased with the final outcome,” he said. “Things could’ve ended up way worse.”

Mitchell Kirk is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached at 574-732-5130 or mitchell.kirk@pharostribune.com.

 

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