A gas station received initial approval Thursday night to resume auto repairs.
The Danville Area Planning and Zoning Commission recommended approving a rezoning petition Thursday night for the independent Dixie Pit Stop gas station, formerly Bob’s Marathon, at Williams and Vermilion streets.
City council members will act on the petition on Feb. 19.
Property owner Alex Ikbariah is requesting that the zoning of the property at 445 N. Vermilion St. be changed from B4 central business zoning to B3 general business for the purpose of conducting minor automotive repairs inside the existing gas station at that location.
Sam Saleh leases the property to operate the gas station.
The rezoning is needed even though the gas station has long been there because auto repairs had stopped, according to Chris Milliken, planning and zoning manager with the city.
The bays were shut down and not used for auto repairs.
Attorney Frank Young, speaking for the petitioners, said the property changed hands in September 2011.
The added services will include oil changes, tire rotations, tune-ups and other minor automotive repairs, Young said.
A couple entrances at the property will be closed, lighting will be added, both street sides will be landscaped more, a 6-foot fence around the trash area will be added and all the cars will be removed there, he said.
Young said hours for the automotive repairs will be fewer than the gas station is open.
There will be two part-time employees to perform the automotive repairs, with the possibility for growth.
If there is any overnight storage of vehicles, they will be stored inside, Young said.
In other business, the commission:
- Heard from Danville Public Development Director John Heckler this was his last meeting as a department head overseeing zoning.
His duties will change toward housing development and neighborhood issues under Mayor Scott Eisenhauer’s proposed reorganization of city departments.