Southborough man seeks special permit for used-car lot
Southborough – An already busy parcel of land on Route 9 may get even busier if the town's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approves a plan for a used-car lot.
Elias Aoude proposed at the June 25 ZBA meeting that he convert a free-standing garage on property he owns at 67 Turnpike Road (Route 9) into an office , out of which he will keep up to 21 used cars for sale.
Aoude already leases out two buildings the property, the Fayville Post Offic e and a single-family home. Some ZBA members were concerned that the addition of the used-car sales would make the lot too busy.
"There's currently multiple uses already on the property," Michael Heineman, Aoude's lawyer, told the ZBA. "All we're trying to do is add an additional use for car sales."
A car-sales business once existed on the lot, Heineman said. There would be a need for additional parking for prospective customers and the cars waiting to be sold.
ZBA members worried aloud that the car-sales business would take existing customer parking from the post office.
Another issue raised was whether Aoude began selling cars off the lot before receiving the special permits necessary from the ZBA and the Planning Board.
Southborough Building Inspector Peter Johnson confirmed he sent a letter recently, ordering Aoude to stop selling cars on the property.
George Aoude, son of Elias Aoude, told the ZBA that two cars remain on the property, and neither is for sale. Other cars seen on the lot could belong to the tenants of the single-family home, he said.
Abutters of the property at the June 25 meeting voiced concerns about the proposal.
Among the concerns were: whether a third use would create too much traffic, making the area unsafe; and if the business could be expanded if the home and post offic e wer e removed.
ZBA chairman Sam Stivers said one possible solution to have all three uses on the site would be to add a special condition to the permit, to limit the number of cars on the lot.
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