‘Salvage yard’ proposed on Pleasant StreetBy Gordon Dritschilo
Staff Writer | October 06,2012Jason Crowley says he does not really plan to put a salvage yard on Pleasant Street.
Crowley, who has applied to the state for a salvage yard permit at his home at 55 Pleasant St., told the Board of Aldermen this week that what he has in mind does not match the picture conjured up by the term. He said he wants to use his basement and garage to store parts salvaged from motorcycles and sell them on the Internet.
“This will be only strictly online sales,” he wrote in his application. “No person will be able to come by and buy at this location, only online.”
Crowley said the salvage certificate is necessary so he can buy destroyed motorcycles from insurance companies. He also said no products would be out in the open, no oil or gas will be stored on-site and any unused product would be taken to a scrap yard.
The aldermen voted unanimously to refer Crowley’s application to the Community and Economic Development Committee. City Attorney Andrew Costello said the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources takes comment from municipalities on salvage yard applications.
“Ultimately, it’s ANR’s decision,” he said. “They will at least consider what the municipality says. I suppose they could override it — I can’t imagine why they would.”
Costello said the proposal will also have to go before the Development Review Board, where he said Crowley may face higher hurdles. Pleasant Street is in a multifamily residential zone, where salvage yards are not a permitted use.
“Either the zoning has to be changed or he has to get a variance,” Costello said.
Crowley could also change how he refers to the proposed use, Costello said, though he was not sure how Crowley could call it a salvage yard while applying to the state and something else while applying to the DRB.
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