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Variances granted for auto sales firm

Owner wants to revitalize site

POSTED: June 6, 2013 12:27 a.m.

The Forsyth County Zoning Board of Appeals granted three variances Tuesday night to allow for a planned expansion and revitalization of a commercial property on Atlanta Highway.
The board voted 5-0 to approve a side yard, rear yard and buffer variance for a .76-acre property owned by William Werkheiser on the highway across from Commerce Boulevard.

Site engineer Brian Cole said the variances will accommodate a site plan that will rejuvenate a used auto sales business that has become an eyesore.

“The new owners are trying to clean it up,” Cole said. “They’re going to use the auto dealership there now, and they’re trying to come into compliance with the new codes.”

The plan calls for a extending the existing building to the rear of the property, which necessitated the variances, he said.

An old house on an adjoining property will be demolished to open up more space for parking.

The site will still be used for auto sales, and a service center will be added.

The board required a 6-foot landscape strip around the property to buffer the neighboring residents.

A 15-foot landscape strip will also be planted on the Hwy. 9 frontage in accordance with the Atlanta Highway-McFarland Parkway-Mullinax Road overlay district.

The district, approved by the county commission in May 2012, also requires a board fence on the road frontage and architectural standards for building materials.


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