On Thursday evening the Jim Thorpe Zoning Hearing Board conducted a hearing for a variance request. The variance request involved the opening of a small auto repair shop at 830 Center Street.

The building at 830 Center Street (building doors face 9th Street) has a commercial permitted use. Frank Jamison, owner of the building, has a woodshop for his business in the building as well as self storage. The building is 117 ft X 41 ft.

The variance request was for Robert Bekesy to open a small auto repair shop in the building. Bekesy would be renting the space from Jamison.

Bekesy, who is a certified auto mechanic, would conduct general auto repairs, for example brakes. He would also conduct state vehicle inspections.

Bekesy stated that he would have a maximum of four cars at the same time. The auto repair area in the building would be able to fit two cars at a time and some cars might have to be parked outside for pickup.

Jamison stated that outside and around the building will be kept clean and there will be no items lying around outside.

No one spoke out against the variance request during public comment.

Before the board voted, they asked that no illuminated signs be put up outside. The board also asked that no more than two cars be parked outside over night at any one time.

The motion was made to grant the variance and the board voted unanimously in favor.