WEST CARTHAGE The village Planning Board approved a zoning permit to enable a new business to open on Bridge Street.
Brian K. and Sheila A. Sweet plan to open an automotive sale, repair and detail business at 79 Bridge St., the former F.X. Caprara location. Despite the site being zoned central business, variances previously had been approved for the former car dealership. Planning Board Chairman Ronald J. Blinebry said the leniency on setbacks carries over with the property. As code enforcement officer, Mr. Blinebry said the variances would be no more nor less than they were for F.X. Caprara.
The chairman questioned Mr. Sweet about the types of repairs to be offered, the disposal of waste from the business and signage.
Mr. Sweet, who owns similar businesses at two other locations, said they offer general servicing such as brake repair and tune-ups, oil changes and wheel replacement.
Mr. Sweet said he had a waste oil furnace to dispose of the oil and a company to pick up the used tires, and metal scraps would be taken away to be recycled.
The company would use existing signs and have small signs over doors to distinguish the two services, Finishing Touch Detail and Auto Clinic of NNY.
Mr. Sweet, who has been in the automotive business for 15 years, said he decided to expand to West Carthage because it is a growing village, pointing out Dunkin Donuts and Nice N Easy are down the street. He said he hopes to open the new location by the end of July.
As with his locations on Route 283, Watertown, and at the post exchange on Fort Drum, the new shop will offer $20 oil changes, full auto detailing, full automotive service and inspections. The business, which has been in operation for five years, handles spray-on bed liners, undercoating and tonneau covers. In addition, he has a mobile detail unit and offers pressure washing of houses. He plans to have auto accessory sales at the Bridge Street location, which will include pre-owned items.
Mr. Sweets son, Brandon J. Sweet, will operate the auto sales side of the business.