Spe­cial use per­mit for body shop de­nied

The Covington News - - LOCAL - JACKIE GUTKNECHT jgutknecht@cov­news.com

So it’s not an as­set, it’s like a land­fill mov­ing in.” — Ty­ron Jones, res­i­dent

The Cov­ing­ton City Coun­cil de­nied a spe­cial use per­mit (SUP) for an auto body re­pair shop on Ea­gle Drive in a 5-1 vote af­ter con­cerns from res­i­dents were raised about the noise and ad­di­tional traf­fic that would re­sult from the busi­ness. Coun­cil­man Josh McKelvey was the only vote in fa­vor of the SUP.

A va­cant build­ing at 10500 Ea­gle Drive in Cov­ing­ton has for­merly been the home of Goodyear Tire Com­pany and Aamco Trans­mis­sions & To­tal Car Care. Clas­sic Col­li­son, an Atlanta-based body shop com­pany, saw the build­ing as the per­fect spot for its next lo­ca­tion, Robert Arm­strong of Clas­sic Col­li­sion, said.

Arm­strong said, had the SUP been ap­proved, the col­li­sion cen­ter would be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. dur­ing the week, with no week­end hours. He said there would be seven or eight em­ploy­ees at the lo­ca­tion and the added traf­fic im­pact would be roughly 35 trips daily. The build­ing can store up to 14 or 15 ve­hi­cles at a time in­side, so there would be no need for out­door overnight stor­age, he said.

Five ma­jor in­sur­ance com­pa­nies have asked Clas­sic Col­li­sion to have a lo­ca­tion in the area due to its high cus­tomer sat­is­fac­tion rat­ing, Arm­strong said.

Res­i­dents from the neigh­bor­ing sub­di­vi­sion at­tended Mon­day night’s coun­cil meet­ing in force and spoke out against the busi­ness, even pro­vid­ing a pe­ti­tion with 27 sig­na­tures against the SUP.

One of the res­i­dents, War­ren Liem, said around eight houses could be di­rectly im­pacted by the noise from the busi­ness.

Ty­ron Jones, another res­i­dent, said he moved to the area in Fe­bru­ary last year from Greens­boro be­cause of the peace and tran­quil­ity it of­fered. He said if the SUP was ap­proved he would con­sider putting his house on the mar­ket.

“I doubt very se­ri­ously that there will be mem­bers of the sub­di­vi­sion uti­liz­ing the ser­vices of this busi­ness,” he said. “So it’s not an as­set, it’s like a land­fill mov­ing in.”

Cov­ing­ton Mayor Ron­nie Johnston said he wished the sub­di­vi­sion res­i­dents and Clas­sic Col­li­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tives would get to­gether to see if a com­pro­mise was pos­si­ble.

Jackie Gutknecht | The Cov­ing­ton News

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