Planning Commission OK’s Enterprise proposal

The city Planning Commission recently approved a land development application for Enterprise Rent-a-Car to move its operation on Pleasant Valley Boulevard to the former Condrin’s auto body shop off Logan Boulevard behind Wal­green’s drug store.

The company plans to convert the existing 3,100-square-foot building to wash bays, build a 3,000-square-foot addition for offices and sales space and pave 49 parking spaces for use by rental cars and customers, according to a Planning Commission document.

The property is in a flood plain, but officials said they didn’t think that will be a problem, because the finished floor has been raised 6 inches and because the developer is applying for a Letter of Map Amendment that would eliminate the property as a Special Flood Hazard Area on the National Flood Insurance Program map.

Generally, LOMAs are issued when a property is on natural high ground above flood plain elevation, according to a Federal Emergency Management Agency website.

Raising the finished floor and asking for the LOMA is a “belt-and-suspenders” — or redundant — approach, said Adam Long, consulting landscape architect for Keller Engineers.

FEMA is likely to grant the LOMA, according to Jane Gill of the city engineering office.

“I don’t see an issue,” Gill told the commission.

Brinton Simington, developer of nearby Simington Plaza III, and Sheetz, which has a nearby convenience store, received LOMAs, Long said.

The commission waived a requirement to construct a sidewalk on Aldrich Avenue, which runs into nearby Mill Run, at a point where there’s never going to be a bridge, said Community Development Director Lee Slusser.

The company is hoping to begin construction around the beginning of 2018, Long said.

Mirror Staff Writer William Kibler is at 949-7038.