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Auto dealer gets variance approval


An auto sales site is being split in two, with a new business moving into the facility on SR 9 after receiving land use variances Tuesday evening.

The LaGrange County BZA had two land use variance requests for the property used by Wana Auto Sales on SR 9 north of LaGrange. The first was by Hippenhammer Auto Body, which is buying the north part of the property to relocate their business to. They were approved for a land use variance to operate an auto collision repair center in an A-1 zone.

Shannon Hippenhammer told the BZA that they have decided not to rebuild at their original location on CR 150N, feeling SR 9 would be a better location for their business.

The Hippenhammers may add onto the existing structures in the future, the BZA was told.

Kalman Sturma, owner of Wana Auto Sales, had his request for an auto dealership in an A-1 zone approved. He plans to use the southern half of the property to continue his business. He told the BZA that he plans to scale down his sales operation.

It was noted that the initial business at that location had been a Ford tractor dealership, an ag-related business allowed in an A-1. The land use variances were needed to allow the auto sales to continue and for the auto collision repair center to operate there.

In other business:

The BZA approved an application to place a 20x12 ft. shed nine feet from a channel to Oliver Lake at 4425S 065E. Daniel and Brenda Beer were seeking to replace an existing shed.

Carolyn Parrot received approval for a side yard setback of 4.1 ft. in an L-1 zone where 10 ft. is standard for a 4 ft. extension onto the side of the residence at 1735E 765S.