A business that has been in the Jamestown area since 1953 is planning an expansion.
On Wednesday, Ken Crossley, owner-operator of Barmore Sellstrom Tires, and David Misenheimer of Sandberg Kessler Architecture & Engineering appeared before the city's Zoning Board of Appeals to discuss the petition to construct a 40-by-70-foot repair garage near where the business is located, 1403 E. Second St.
Misenheimer said the plan is to tear down a building that was previously used as a separate garage business to construct a new building. The building would be used as a tire repair shop for semi-trailer trucks. They said with the new garage, it would not cause traffic problems along Second Street because they would have a large enough parking lot for the large trucks to use to pull into the service area. Lawrence Scalise, city building/zoning code enforcement officer, said the proposal would alleviate concerns neighbors have about the empty garage that would be torn down for the new building.
The reason the proposal had to be presented to the Zoning Board at this time was because the new garage would be within 25 feet of the Chadakoin River. The zoning code said any repair garage should be at least 200 feet from the top of the bank of the Chadakoin River. Scalise said this zoning code was revised adding more room in the zoning code a couple years ago for the Greater Jamestown Riverwalk. Also, the garage would have specialized equipment to prevent hazardous materials from going into the river. The Zoning Board approved the variance.
Tim and Tom D'Angelo of the Arcade Group appeared before the board for a petition to establish a professional office in a residential district. The business is now located along 567 Fairmount Ave., but they would like a quieter area for their business. The two said most of their business work doesn't happen at their offices. He said only two to three administrative personnel would work at the location, which is 7 Rugby Place.
The building is currently a church used by the Jamestown congregation of Jehovah's Witnesses. The D'Angelos said the church has built two other buildings in the city they will now be using for church activities. The building has been for sale for more than a year. Tom D'Angelo said they met with neighbors, who said they didn't have a problem with a business being located in the neighborhood. Tim D'Angelo said the business would have a non-lighted sign, which would only read Arcade.
David Daversa, Zoning Board of Appeals member, said he doesn't believe the business would bring anymore traffic into the neighborhood than a church would. The board approved the variance.
Joe Arcadipane, Chocolat Salon & Day Spa owner, appeared before the board to discuss a variance to added a changeable copy sign. Under the city's zoning laws, no sign should contain flashing, intermittent, rotating, moving or traveling messages or displays without a variance. Arcadipane said the sign would help attract more people to the business, which is located at 2103 Washington St.
"People drive by and don't even know it is there," he said.
Arcadipane said he would not use any type of flashing lights, but only scrolling letters. He said the sign would be used to advertise services the business offers. The sign would be 19-by-53 inches and would sit on top of a 3-by-5-foot sign for the business. Scalise said the sign is smaller than others approved already by the Zoning Board. The board approved the variance.