Lakewood Tables Car Lot Decision

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Village Board has tabled the decision on issuing a special-use permit to another used-car lot.

Recently, a public hearing was held for the special-use permit request from Daniel Johnson of Jamestown. Johnson had submitted an application for a permit for a used-car lot and office at 266 E. Fairmount Ave., which is near Elmcrest Avenue. David Wordelmann, Lakewood mayor, said a couple of people spoke during the public hearing about traffic concerns in the area, which is next to the businesses of KFC and Taco Bell.

After the public hearing, Wordelmann said the board decided to table the decision on the car lot because of several issues.

”The biggest item was the fact he was going to try to use a garage as an office. The rest of the building is in poor shape and is inhabitable. We agreed he should tear down the building before we issue a special-use permit for his business,” Wordelmann said.

The mayor said there were also some issues with off-street parking.

”The new plan is he will tear down the building then resubmit a new plan,” Wordelmann said. ”The big concern is if he had left the house there. We though it was to our advantage to have the building cleaned up.”

According to Johnson’s application, the business would only have three to five vehicles for sale at a time.

”A majority of the sales will be in the format of a customer ordering a specific vehicle from us, which we will then go and find, versus stocking a large assortment of inventory,” Johnson states.

The application also states there will be a solid fence and tall shrubs to provide a visual barrier for residential properties surrounding the business. The only sign will be a 4-by-6-foot one, which is pre-existing. All structures on the property are pre-existing, as well.

”We want to be sure to protect the charm and character of the village,” Johnson states. ”We will not have any loud or obnoxious advertising signs, banners, inflatables, bright lights, vehicle ramps or similar gimmicks. We are looking to maintain a small, simple and classy dealership.”