Lukoil/Tire Tech auto repair expansion challenged

OAKLAND — Really should Lukoil/Tire Tech be permitted to broaden its company at 357 Ramapo Valley Road to the extensive-vacant Oakland Medicine property up coming door?

The Borough Council will take into consideration that question Monday when it addresses an charm complicated the zoning board’s July acceptance of a use variance that would permit Lukoil lessee Ellahi Gasoline Inc. use the Oakland Medication developing for its tire, auto mend and towing company.

The attraction was filed in September by resident Jean Brennan of 422 W. Oakland Ave., 2 miles south of the fuel station. Brennan confirmed that this is also the handle of her husband or wife Timothy Kelso’s Patriot Towing company, but denied that minimized level of competition was the aim of her enchantment.

“The Lukoil house appears terrible,” Brennan reported in a telephone job interview Wednesday. “There are tires all in excess of, automobiles all above. If they are allowed to use the drugstore, it will be 10 instances even worse. It will produce an eyesore in the center of city.”

The zoning board held five hearings on the proposed use variance. Applicant Sam Ellahi has been leasing the Lukoil station for “quite a few several years,” in accordance to his legal professional, Ben Cascio. 

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The drugstore’s conversion to a garage/storage facility would enable Ellahi to “clean up up the exterior stuff,” Cascio stated.

“The reason is to clean up up the Lukoil internet site,” Cascio stated in a phone job interview Tuesday. “Very same entry, exact same parking. There might actually be less site visitors than when the drugstore was open.”

The two properties have been section of a master system rezoning in 2012, in which fuel stations went from a permitted to a conditional use in an try to encourage a more attractive retail area along Ramapo Valley Road. A conditional use needs gratification of more requirements.