Weaver gets offers of aid with auto storage
You never know who your friends are until you’re in trouble.
Matt Weaver, co-owner of Weaver Auto and Truck Center, made some friends Tuesday when news appeared in The Union that the city of Grass Valley was getting after him about storing new vehicles on his new lot.
Though he owns the land, city rules say Weaver cannot occupy the new construction site until it has been inspected, found to comply with the scores of conditions imposed on the project, and he receives an occupancy certificate.
In addition, Weaver said, an official from the California Department of Motor Vehicles – a guy with a badge and a gun, Weaver added – also must inspect and sign off on the facility.
But he didn’t think he’d get into trouble for just storing new inventory there, he said late Tuesday.
“I can’t do business there,” Weaver said. “It’s illegal.”
Weaver had planned to open his new lot on Idaho-Maryland Road in February. Hard rock excavation and late rains pushed that date to April and now to early June.
But automobile manufacturers plan way ahead.
“I ordered the cars many months ago in anticipation of an opening date in April,” Weaver said. The vehicles came, but the new lot wasn’t ready.
When news appeared that city officials had warned Weaver about removing the vehicles or else, his telephone started ringing. He showed a reporter a notebook page full of names of people who had offered support, many of them former customers.
“Six people volunteered to store the cars for free,” Weaver said.
With more new vehicles on the way and a few hoops yet to jump through, Weaver may need the help.
He will go before the Grass Valley City Council at its 7 p.m. meeting May 9 to discuss the city’s plan to reimburse him for a traffic signal he must build at the corner of Idaho-Maryland and the Golden Center Freeway’s northbound offramp. Weaver is fronting the nearly $400,000 signal cost, and the state Department of Transportation is expected to reimburse him for $120,000 of that.
But City Council members have said they may want to hold on to the money – or get some other financial assurance – until Weaver gets the signal installed. Other delays have pushed that project to an Oct. 1 completion date.
And before he can get the occupancy certificate, Weaver still must landscape 193,000 square feet of surrounding land, pave the parking lot and make street improvements.
To contact staff writer Trina Kleist, e-mail trinak@the union.com or call 477-4231.
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