A 14,000-square-foot auto body shop is being proposed for the northwest corner of Glasgow and West High Streets in Pottstown, PA.
As proposed Caliber Collision would comprise nine bays, 50 parking places, including for cars being worked on and could ultimately provide up to 30 jobs.
David Bailey, who works for the Nashville-based firm that created Pottstown High Street LLC to make the proposal, said the business is part of a national chain that focuses almost exclusively on auto body work for insurance companies.
The site is currently two parcels, both of which are empty lots. The building would be air-conditioned, to allow for the company to attract the most qualified technicians and to keep the doors closed, said Bailey.
As a result, any noise from the shop "would be no louder than the train across the street."
He also said filters would be in place so there would be no smell of paint outside the facility. "The air coming out of there is cleaner than the exhaust coming out of your car," he said.
Bailey also said engine, transmission and other work would be "out-sourced" to other locations.
Chris Mercer, owner of Mercer's TruCraft Collision at 401 W. High St., found that claim unlikely.
He said if the workers being hired are as skilled as Bailey claimed they would be "they're not going to send a car out on a flat-bed to replace a radiator or other fluid work."
Mercer spoke at the hour-long conditional use hearing held Wednesday, Aug. 7 prior to the regularly scheduled Borough Council work session.
The borough's zoning officer has ruled that the business is allowed in the Gateway West zoning district by conditional use, which requires a hearing before borough council only on allowing the use.
If approved, the project would then move on to the planning commission, where engineering particulars would be worked out, and then would still require final site plan approval from the council.
Mercer was not the only speaker at the hearing Wednesday, Aug. 7.
Robert G. Biggins, who lives in Vine Street in West Pottsgrove adjacent to the parcel, objected to the proposal on a number of grounds.