THE VILLAGE OF Coal City has paved the way for Bob Davis to expand his automotive repair business at 60 E. Chestnut St. In addition to vacating the east-west alley behind the existing building, the village board agreed to re-zone residential property Davis owns at 65 E. Park St. A portion of the residential property will be used to complete the expansion.
Ann Gill Editor
Bob Davis plans to expand his growing automotive repair business and the Village of Coal City is supporting the initiative.
Davis owns and operates Bob's Advanced Auto & Tire, a business he opened nearly four years ago at 60 E. Chestnut St. He's looking to expand the work space to meet the needs of his clients and to further build on the success of the business.
On the drawing board is an addition that would extend the building 75 feet to the north. But in order to accomplish his plan, he needs the village to vacate a 50 foot by 20 foot portion of the east-west alley that runs west of Kankakee Street between Park and Chestnut streets.
Last month trustees agreed to re-open the east end of the alley, a precursor to vacating the access and sale of the alley directly behind the Chestnut Street repair shop.
Davis offered to purchase the property from the village at its market value of $2,458. Trustees finalized the deal on Monday.
The village board also took action to approved Davis' request to rezone the property he owns at 65 E. Park St. from single family residential to downtown commercial.
A portion of the Park Street property will be used for the building addition that, according to Davis, will house four new car hoists.
According to Village Administrator Matt Fritz, due to the current size of the Park Street home, the business can expand while allowing the residential property to remain a conforming lot.
"This fits the petitioner's vision for the future of the property. This action, along with the granting of the alley vacation, allows Mr. Davis to start construction of the addition to his existing facility," Fritz said.
Davis said he hopes to have the addition under construction by the close of the calendar year.