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Monday, 15 October 2018 17:39

New Body Shop Receives Green Light From Pierre, SD, Leaders

Written by Stephen Lee, Capital Journal
The Pierre City Commission gave preliminary approval in early October to a condition-use permit to Gerrick McComsey to use this building for a new auto body shop in the 700 block and east side of Garfield Avenue, the truck route. The Pierre City Commission gave preliminary approval in early October to a condition-use permit to Gerrick McComsey to use this building for a new auto body shop in the 700 block and east side of Garfield Avenue, the truck route. Stephen Lee, Capital Journal

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Pierre, SD, city officials have given a preliminary OK to Gerrick McComsey’s plan to put an auto body repair shop in his building at 720 N. Garfield Avenue.

 

McComsey owns 9.5 acres on the east side of Garfield in the 700 block, between Calvary United Pentecostal Church and Slumberland, City Planner Sharon Pruess told the city commission on Oct. 2.

 

McComsey owns CAM Rentals LLC and is an owner of Sharpe Enterprises, one of the area’s largest construction firms.

 

Pruess said the city planning commission studied the plan in September, held a public hearing to which no member of the public came and sent its recommendation to the city commission.

 

The city commission on Oct. 2 approved the idea as far as setting a public hearing for it at 5:45 p.m., Oct. 16, where final approval is slated to happen.

 

Pruess said McComsey had contacted the nine owners of adjacent properties and they all signed a “I have no objection to the proposed” use of the property.

 

The area is zoned “local business,” but an auto body shop requires a conditional-use permit.

 

Commissioner Blake Barringer said that because of the paint and other aspects of a body shop’s work, some neighboring property owners might have concerns, but he said it appears they have been informed and are fine with it.

 

Pruess said McComsey has promised to build a 5-foot fence around the body shop property and pave the parking lot and add green space within 12 months of getting the use permit.

 

On Oct. 3, men were working inside the building, getting it ready.

 

It sits in one corner of a 9.5-acre parcel. McComsey has used it for his rental business.

 

McComsey has longer-term plans to plat the rest of the 9.5 acres and subdivide it, which will require adding some roadways and more access to the parcel and testing the ground, Pruess said.

 

Commissioner Jamie Huizenga said he appreciated all the work that McComsey has done and is planning to do.


“He’s done his homework,” Huizenga said. “It seems like a body shop is a good use of this piece of property. Gerrick McComsey has been doing business in the city of Pierre for a long time. He’s done a tremendous amount of dirt work on this site that was a washed-out creek. He’s brought in a lot of fill and he can make good use of it.”

 

Pruess said the conditional-use permit will allow McComsey to rent the building to someone to operate the body shop but would not allow him to start selling off parts of the parcel.

 

Sales of other parts of the 9.5 acres will require further platting decisions by city leaders, she said. And that will take some study, including a geotechnical review of the filled-in piece of property, she said.

 

Commissioner Vonnie Johnson asked Pruess if there was any concern about how the property will look to the public passing by on Garfield Avenue, the truck route that goes by Walmart and Menards and Northridge Plaza to the north.

 

Pruess said the planning committee had discussed that, but because of the hillside nature of the area, it would not be easy to screen the property from passersby on Garfield.

 

The public, including nearby property owners, still had the public hearing slated for Oct. 16 to voice any concerns, according to Pruess.

 

By a 5--0 vote, the commission approved moving the plan on to the public hearing when final approval could be voted on.

 

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