MASSENA - Massena residents Michael and Jessica Baxter have been doing automobile repairs at Baxters One Stop Automotive for nearly 20 months and are now in the midst of adding the ability to sell used cars to their repertoire.
The duos request was approved this week by the villages Planning Board.
Planning board Chairman Frank Hutt read a letter from the Baxters detailing their plans.
We are requesting a permit to be able to sell used cars. Were not planning to have any more than five cars for sale at any given time as this meets our insurance requirements, Mr. Hutt read. Our hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday. At this time we do not intend to change our business hours.
The 327 East Orvis St. is owned by Deborah Kearn, and Mr. Baxter said that they currently have a lease with an option and after five years they will decide whether to buy the property.
Mr. Baxter also added that the decision of limiting the number of cars being sold was based on the fact that the size and amount of the parking spaces is small.
Board member Brian Schafer was in full support of the idea for expansion, but he did have a minor concern regarding the parking accessibility.
I think it needs a little clarification. I say clarification from the standpoint, you show five parking spots and when I look at it, the engineer that I am, a parking spot is typically 10 foot 6 by 22, something like that. When I look at the scale of it, Im not sure that five spots will fit in there, Mr. Schafer said.
To me, what would really clarify this issue (is) if you showed to scale, if you would, the building, and if you showed the scale of the five parking spots on one side and the five parking spots on the other side and you showed where the handicap was; that would clarify this whole issue very nicely. ... So I would like to just see some simple clarification of the issue because of the countys comments. In other words, show the building to scale and show the parking lots youve got to scale.
In reading an Oct. 1 letter from the county Planning Board regarding the Baxters proposal for expansion, Mr. Hutt shared their concerns.
The application site plan unrealistically depicts an abundance of available parking spots on the property. The elevation change between this property and the adjacent parcels makes it impossible to park cars up to the property side and rear property lines. Approximately seven to nine spaces are needed for existing repair and service shop, he read.
Satellite imagery ... depicts 13 cars parked on the property. Due to the limited space around the building ranging from 20 feet to 25 feet, the parcel does not provide enough room to safely accommodate any more vehicles on the lot.
The letter concludes with the county asking that if the proposal is approved by the planning board the property owner should file a subdivision to combine both parcels. Doing this would prevent nonpayment of taxes on one of the two lots, county officials suggested.
Other than the question of parking accessibility, the only additional concern was about security lighting.
Right now what we are using, our front light is so bright. At night you can drive by, you can see perfectly in the parking lot. If another light was necessary that would be fine. Im not opposed to putting in another light, but when you drive by at night you can perfectly see the parking lot, Mr. Baxter said.
The planning board decided to approve the site plan subject to reception of a document identifying the parking spaces to scale, as well as possibly adding another light.