ANDERSON - A business is moving from Kokomo to Anderson's west side with plans to open by June 1 for the sale of recreational vehicles.
The Anderson Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception for C&C Motorsports to locate in the 2800 block of Nichol Avenue in the former bank building to the east of the closed car wash.
The business will be selling recreational vehicles, boats, jet skis, snowmobiles and motorcycles. C&C Motorsports intends to sell vehicles ranging from 2014 to 2018.
Plans include converting the former bank drive-up teller windows to a showroom and constructing a large storage building on the south side of the property.
After concerns were raised by BZA member Greg Spencer concerning cross access in the event of future development of the car wash property and Edgewood Plaza, business owner Greg Clark agreed to construct a cross access road along the south edge of the property line.
"I have a successful business in Howard County," Clark said. "This is a pretty building that will allow for a showroom in the lobby area."
Clark was at first opposed to providing cross access to his property because boats had been damaged at the Kokomo location.
"I think you would welcome development on the west side," Spencer said.
Spencer said any future development would require the developer to resolve the difference in the grade from the former bank property to the east and west.
Clark said 90 percent of his business is outside the state of Indiana.
"I thought about buying the car wash in the future to store additional inventory," he said.
Clark has agreed to build a sidewalk along Nichol Avenue within the next year.
Tim Stires, deputy director of the Anderson Municipal Development Department, said it is hoped that the business will be a drawing card for future businesses to locate in the area.
The former bank building has been vacant for three to four years, he said.
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