Grand Motorsports plans
to take over the former Hometown Auto Care facility at
W68 N954 Washington Ave. Hometown Car Care moved to a
new facility near 5 Corners.
CEDARBURG — The issues of a previous business can’t be
held against a new owner, was the message at Monday
night’s Cedarburg Plan Commission.
“This is a new applicant,” said Plan Commissioner Greg
Zimmerschied of the application from Vladislav Osipyan,
owner of Grand Motorsports and Service Inc., an auto
service center. “We shouldn’t hold the transgressions of
a previous applicant against them … this is new. If they
are respectful and live up to their terms, we’ve got no
issue. If they don’t, we can tighten the restrictions.”
Grand Motorsports and Service is interested in moving
into the existing building at W68 N954 Washington Ave.,
the former site of Hometown Car Care.
According to City Planner Jon Censky, the site location
is the transition between commercial and residential
zoning, which contributed to some of the issues the
previous tenant had with neighbors such as headlight
beams hitting residential windows, the beeping of tow
trucks backing up and motorists using the parking lot as
Additionally, residents complained when the previous
tenant parked sale vehicles in the front lot rather than
in the property’s fenced-in area as planned.
want to meet all requirements and not go behind your
back on anything,” said Osipyan at the Plan Commission
meeting. “We’ve already met with neighbors and we are
actually taking a shop light down (that was a problem).”
Grand Motorsports and Service plans to be open weekdays
from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until
6 p.m. While the business does not offer towing
services, it will be receiving towed vehicles for
service. The business will also offer used car sales,
but Osipyan said they will be stored in the fenced-in
may have to take them to the front when people are
buying them and looking at them, but they will not be
left out there,” he said.
Support for the request from adjacent property owners
was mixed. Chiropractor Alan Johnson owns the property
to the north and submitted a letter to the city asking
that auto sales be limited, as he’s received complaints
from his patients seeing the traffic from the south as
they leave his parking lot. Additionally, he noted that
the previous tenant violated the terms of the
conditional use permit shortly after receiving it, and a
compromise was reached with him by the Plan Commission.
second letter from a neighbor echoed Johnson’s concerns,
stating he was fine with the auto repair business but
opposed to any used car sales. The residents living
immediately behind the property attended the meeting and
expressed their support for the application.
conditional use permit can be pulled,” Commissioner Mark
Burgoyne reminded Osipyan. “It’s important for you and
important for us that the neighbors around you feel
you have any changes to the operation on site, you do
need to go through this process again,” added Censky.
“Don’t do something and then come back and beg for
forgiveness,” said Mayor Kip Kinzel.
Osipyan also noted that he did not plan to make any
changes to the exterior of the building or the lot, such
as adding additional lighting.
request was approved unanimously by the Plan Commission.