Grand Motorsports receives approval

By Laurie Arendt - News Graphic Staff

March 8, 2018

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.
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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 a turnaround.

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.

“We 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 area.

“We 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.

A 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.

“A 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 comfortable.”

“If 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.

The request was approved unanimously by the Plan Commission.