Weaver Auto gets new home
Sporting stickers, dozens of Weaver family supporters packed the Grass Valley Council Chambers Tuesday evening, ready to rally in defense of the auto dealership planned for Idaho-Maryland Road.
Their sentiments weren’t needed. Soon after the Weaver Auto and Truck Center relocation proposal was introduced, Planning Commissioner Gloria Hyde said, “I don’t see that there’s a lot of controversy.”
Most of the debated issues – lighting, traffic, and the buildings’ appearance – had been ironed out in previous meetings, allowing the Planning Commission to accept the project on a 4-0 vote with little debate.
That relieved Matt Weaver, co-owner of the business, who said he wasn’t quite sure what to expect.
He and his brother Tom, owners of the Nevada County auto dealership, have needed a new home for eight years. They’ve spent the past six months planning the new 32,000-square-foot dealership and are eager to get started.
After viewing a computer simulation, four commissioners lauded the facility, which Commissioner Dale White called “sterling.”
Commissioner Lisa Swarthout, who is running for City Council, abstained from the vote. She would not comment on her abstention.
Builder Chuck Chatfield reassured the commission that the dealership will not jump out at Highway 49 drivers. All signs will face away from the freeway, and the property will be screened by fast-growing trees.
“I can guarantee in 10 years you won’t see (the buildings) at all,” Chatfield said.
To compensate for its effect on the already tangled Idaho-Maryland Road/Highway 49 intersection, Planning Director Tom Last said Weaver Auto will be required to pay for traffic signals, a $175,000 expenditure.
It will also be required to limit the use of the current Weaver dealership on East Main Street to prevent additional delays at the corner of East Main Street and Idaho-Maryland Road.
Lights will be bright enough for security and safety but not excessive, Chatfield pledged. The dealership still needs to submit a lighting and a sign plan for city approval, Last said.
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