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West County Honda Dealership Seeks Old State Expansion

The additional lot would be primarily used as storage and for some sales operations.

West County Honda is aiming to add on to their Manchester location by acquiring additional lot space at Old State Road and Pierside Lane in Ellisville.

Lee Allen, owner of the land that would be used for the dealership expansion, has been purchasing property on Old State over the last six months. Allen requested the potential dealership's property at 445 and 437 Old State Road be changed from light industrial zoning to planned commercial zoning, allowing the dealership's function to operate on the land district.

Allen said the Honda expansion would not provide vehicle services, but serve as mainly a storage location for primarily used cars and some sales operations. Allen is also working to make boundary adjustments to provide space for the lot and an office building for sales staff.

West County Honda Owner Bill Caffarella said dealership functions would still be centralized at the main store on Manchester.

Nearby resident Greg Ruppel said he was concerned with the dealership's new location and was opposed to the petition.

"I don't think it's in keeping with the residential use of this area," Ruppel said, adding he was concerned about lights, noise and the traffic impact the expansion would generate. Allen said he is willing to work with residents to answer questions and solve problems.

"There are a lot of uses that would be a lot harsher than this," Allen said, vying for the zoning switch. "This purpose would be low impact."

City Planner Ada Hood said the connection and expansion of Pierside Lane, which currently runs perpendicular to Old State, would allow right-of-way access to Ellisville's Public Works Department, located behind where the dealership lot would be. Hood added extending Pierside has been in the city's comprehensive plan since before 1998 and would be planned with Allen's cooperation.

The boundary adjustment would create a front and back lot on the property, with the dealership planned for a 2-acre portion. Hood said it would not be considered a "full-fledged" car dealership, as others are about 4 acres in size.

Ellisville Planning and Zoning Commissioner James Poisso requested to amend the recommendation in order to restrict hours of operation to be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and open until 7 p.m. on weekends.

The commission voted Sept. 12 for a negative recommendation to Ellisville City Council regarding the rezoning petition, boundary adjustment and site development plan. A public hearing will be held at the council meeting Sept. 19 at 7 p.m. at City Hall. The right-of-way plat legislation is also up for review and a council decision Wednesday. 

E. Schmidt September 19, 2012 at 03:50 PM
No need to build new auto dealerships. I have some vacant auto dealerships east of me. Unfortunately, the City Council put a moratorium on development of the two largest eye-sore dealerships that are in the development area pending a Request for Proposal. The Sasone architect let slip that there are already designs for the RPA 2 Town Center planned for the two largest eye-sore dealerships at Manchester and Kiefer Creek Rds. in the bag. They must have a lot of confidence So, is the City of Ellisville is just going through the motions with the moratorium on the vacant auto dealerships and RFP?...all the while planning more auto dealership space in other places? There seems to be demand for auto dealership space now, so why create more in an area where it requires zoning changes and the neighbors who bought their residential homes under a different set of zoning rules don' want it? So much for "vision."
Mike K September 19, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Not to mention the empty lot next to the Ford dealership across the street. Why pay more for cleanup to an existing eyesore across the street from you when you can create a new one at the expense of the property owners that will be your neighbors when you don't need their permission to do it?
E. Schmidt September 19, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Would you stop making sense? This is the City of Ellisville. When a super majority of voters indicate they don't want a TIF, you shove one down their throats. When your Comprehensive Plan says to leave population density as it is or increase it, you destroy affordable housing and kick 200-250 people out of town. When you have vacant auto dealerships, put a development moratorium on them (so they continue to sit vacant) while you go through the motions of issuing a request for proposal knowing your preferred developer has design plans in the bag (wink, wink) and big plans for another TIF...and then try to change the zoning to stick a new auto dealership in a wholly inappropriate area. You need to get with the program, buddy. You ain't got no "vizzun."
Yiu Phuc Duc September 19, 2012 at 09:16 PM
They are following the Ballwin model.

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