Plan for new car dealership on Market St. upsets Boardman neighbors

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Boardman Township trustees unanimously approved a zone change Monday night that will allow another auto dealership to be built on Market Street. But neighbors aren’t too happy about it.

John Kufleitner plans to build a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership between J.D. Byrider and Donnell Ford.

“We’re willing to satisfy whatever the wants of the zoning commission is,” he said.

What Kufleitner needed from Boardman trustees was to change the zoning of a portion of the property from residential to commercial.

A group of residents along Scotland Avenue — a quiet, dead-end street which would run into the proposed dealership — does not want the dealership to have access from their road.

“All we’re asking you for is to please not let this dealership access a small, residential, dead-end street,” Victoria Collier said.

“Why would you want to take and do this to a residential neighborhood? Why do you want to punish us?” Nancy Beda said.

Kufleitner said he’d work with them.

“I’m willing to gate it so someone would need an access code to get to work.”

Along with gating the access road and limiting it to employees only, Kufleitner promised that no delivery trucks would use Scotland Avenue and it would not be used during test drives.

The trustees said Kufleitner had a right to access his property from the road.

“It’s like a house,” Brad Calhoun said. “We couldn’t tell you you can’t have a driveway.”

Trustee Tom Costello asked Kufleitner if he could live without access from Scotland. Kufleitner said that was not reasonable.

The trustees then passed the zone change. A new Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership will soon be built on Market Street with access from Scotland Avenue.

“I would ask you continue your very cooperative position as we go forward with the next couple of processes and, hopefully, we can gain these folks to find some way to support your efforts,” Costello told Kufleitner.

The plans for the new dealership now go to the Boardman Site Review Board and the Zoning Board of Appeals. That’s where Kufleitner’s promises will officially be put in writing and agreed to.

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