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South Boston council approves zoning for vehicle repair shop

SoVaNow.com / July 11, 2013
South Boston Town Council gave its stamp of approval to the recommendation of the South Boston Planning Commission to conditionally zone property at 311 Berry Hill Road to allow for the establishment of a vehicle repair shop. Their recommendation came with four conditions attached, all of which the applicant agreed to.

Speaking to Council was Raymond Perkins, the applicant, who said he had worked for Wyatt Chevrolet, which recently announced its closing, for 25 years. Perkins said he wanted to open the repair business here rather than having to seek work elsewhere.

Also addressing Council was the property owner, James Sadler, who said he had operated a business at the location for ten years and had seen no problems with the neighborhood. Also speaking in support of the repair shop was a neighbor, Charles Phillips who noted that Perkins was “a top flight mechanic” who was needed in South Boston.

The conditions to the conditional zoning include having all repair work done inside the enclosed building and all inoperative vehicles must be stored inside the building. The conditional zoning applies only to the current owner and applicant business owner and if the conditional use is discontinued for a period of twelve months the property reverts to the applicable zoning.

Following a second public hearing Council also approved the sale of a 37 foot by 148 foot strip of land owned by the town to Ms. Beverly Caldwell for approximately $1,320. Council suggested that a survey be carried out to gauge the exact square footage of the parcel of land involved in the transfer.

During the citizen comment period a Berry Hill resident complained about the poorly maintained grassy area near the former Cotton Mill where he said the grass is knee to waist level high. Charles Phillips told Council that he doesn’t feel the quality of the work in that area has been well carried out.

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