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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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“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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