Lakewood Board: Spacc’s Violating Permit Terms

LAKEWOOD – The Lakewood Village Board would like to speak to the owner of Larry Spacc auto dealers during its next meeting.

On Monday, David Wordelmann, village mayor, said he believes that the owner of Spacc auto dealers, Lawrence Spacciapolli, isn’t following the criteria the Village Board established when it approved a special-use permit for the business earlier this year. Wordelmann said he feels the business has done away with green space that was supposed to be left on the property.

Other board members said they feel cars are also being parked on green space areas where they’re not supposed to be according to the criteria established for the business.

”Obviously they are violating the special-use permit,” Wordelmann said.

The mayor then asked the village attorney, Edward Wright, what the Village Board can do to keep Spacciapolli to the conditions established for the permit. Wright suggested to invite Spacciapolli to the next Village Board meeting to discuss the issues. Wordelmann agreed with Wright’s suggestion. The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 22.

In January, the Lakewood board approved the permit with 12 conditions in place for the car dealership that is located along Fairmount Avenue across the highway from Wal-Mart. Larry Spacc auto dealers is a third-generation family business, which has been in operation since 1956, and has auto sales lots in Dunkirk and Westfield.

At first, the Village Board denied a special-use permit application for the used-car lot in November 2012. However, in December of last year, 8th Judicial District Supreme Court Justice James Dillon overturned the Lakewood Village Board’s decision to deny the permit.

Throughout the process of discussing the special-use permit, each board member said they had heard from several residents voicing their displeasure about the proposal for a car lot at the location. One concern dealt with safety because it is a busy intersection. Another question was whether it is the best spot for a car dealership, or if maybe the land would be better suited for a different business. Board members had suggested to Spacciapolli a better location for the used-car lot maybe further west on Fairmount Avenue where other car dealerships are located. According to the court transcript, Dillon states the board couldn’t deny the permit based on concerned residents.

In January when the permit was approved, some of the regulations included:

The used-car lot can only have two signs, a monument sign and one on the building. No banners, posters, pennants, ribbons, streamers, balloons or similar devices should be used on the lot.

Eliminate the entrance/exit on Fairmount Avenue, the one closest to Fairdale Avenue.

Must have a paved parking lot.

Only the sale of automobiles, SUVs and trucks are allowed.

Maintain current green space, keeping all trees bordering the property. No signage or cars permitted in the area.

On Wednesday, Spacciapolli said he had not been contacted by Lakewood official to discuss issues with the car dealership or with an invitation to a Village Board meeting. When asked by The Post-Journal if he would attend a Lakewood meeting to discuss any issues, he said, ”Of course.”