A motorcycle and ATV sales center will be moving from Route 248 in Parryville to a site in Lehighton.
Last night, the Lehighton Zoning Hearing Board unanimously gave approval to Terry and Christina Blocker to open the business at 497 S. Ninth St.
Terry Blocker said he anticipates a November 1 opening.
The business will be in an area zoned industrial. It is situated next to the Kim DePue Insurance Agency on Ninth Street and the Zimmerman Dairy on Bridge Street. A PennDOT garage is located across the street.
Sold will be Yamaha and Kawasaki brands.
At the Parryville location, Harley Davidsons are also sold. The Harley Davidson dealership, leased by the firm's founder Dennis Blocker to another party, will remain at that location.
There was no opposition voiced last night during the zoning board hearing to the proposal.
The hearing was originally scheduled for last month, but continued when it was learned the plans hadn't been submitted to the Lehighton Planning Commission.
The planning commission reviewed the proposal earlier this month and made six recommendations, all which have reportedly been met. The included specifications for parking lot lighting and the need for a stormwater management plan.
Initially Blocker also proposed a beer distributorship on the site, too, but then rescinded this concept. The zoning board said any business at the location other than motorcycle and ATV sales and service will have to get additional zoning board approval.
It was stated that a zoning permit was originally issued to Blocker on Feb. 3, 2011. That permit was issued in error, it was stated, and an amended application was made by Blocker which was then referred to the zoning board.
Terry Blocker testified that after receiving the February approval, he purchased the Ninth Street property for $450,000.
He testified that the main show room will have access from Ninth Street. The sign for the business will be mounted on the structure.
Initially Blocker plans to have five employees, including two service technicians, one service writer, one sales representative, and one other employee.
Blocker said he will retain his present operating hours, which are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
On questioning by zoning board member Mary Lou Brophy, Blocker said he gets only about one delivery per week by a semi trailer. The other deliveries he receives are by common delivery services such as UPS and FedEx.
Originally the building that Blocker will be renovating was known as the Bob Hunter Tire Shop, he said.