ZHB will allow small engine shop

The city Zoning Hearing Board on Wednesday granted permission for a Horseshoe Curve-area man to operate a small engine shop on the 2900 block of Broad Avenue, where a vehicle repair garage recently closed.

The board OK’d a change in nonconforming use so that Jason Mapes of Veterans Memorial High­way can convert the former Hoss’s Complete Auto Service and Repair to a shop where he’ll fix, sell and rent push and riding mowers, trimmers, chain saws and other small machines.

Mapes’ answers to questions from board solicitor Bill Stokan indicated the operation would be less deleterious to the character of the multiple household residential neighborhood than the auto shop — where a dozen cars were typically parked awaiting repair, according to Mapes.

“It won’t be any worse, for sure,” Mapes said.

He’s talked to neighbors, who seem to appreciate his plans, he said.

Mapes will be selling or renting only used machines that he’s fixed — having obtained them through customer trade-ins or from individuals who buy up old machines to convey to shops like his, Mapes said.

He won’t be selling new machines, Mapes said.

He’ll keep the machines that need repaired in a fenced area in back, he said, adding that he might seek permission to erect a canopy there to protect them from the weather.

He’ll display machines for sale or rent outside in front, he said.

The machines displayed out front must be brought inside when the shop is closed, the board ordered.

Mapes may do business only Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., the hours he told the board he was hoping for.

He has off-street parking for about eight cars, Mapes said.

He plans to be the only employee, he said.

If he finds it necessary to hire someone else, that’s OK, as the board didn’t impose employment restrictions, Stokan said.

“Awesome,” Mapes said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.

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