A motorcycle repair and service business plans to move into a former recreational vehicle lot along U.S. Route 33 in Canal Winchester.
Canal Winchester’s planning and zoning commission approved a conditional use for the 8.6 acre site on Dec. 12, but the move was held up by an appeal filed three days later by Anthony and Debra LoSchiavo, who live on the opposite side of U.S. 33. They cited a concern with potential noise levels.
A public hearing was held Jan. 17 on the appeal. Canal Winchester City Council later voted to uphold the commission’s decision, granting the conditional use permit to James Pegram. He is renting the site from a Ricart family limited partnership, owners of the parcel since the early 1960s.
"I welcome this business," said Councilman John Bender. "I think it’s going to be a real boon."
Pegram plans to use the existing building at 6270 Bowen Road to repair, rebuild, or recondition motorcycles and all-terrain vehicles.
When asked how soon he plans to move into the complex, Pegram said, "I will be working in there tomorrow (Jan. 18) and hope to open within the next week."
According to Pegram’s zoning application, the company is a family-run business with more than 55 years experience in the motorcycle business.
"Larry is a wonderful guy," said Jared Ricart. "We expect great things from him."
The existing building will be repainted, approved signage added and work bays constructed inside.
Little or no affect to adjacent land is expected as traffic flow is projected to be small and noise is expected to be much lower than that generated by vehicles traveling on U.S. 33. A west gate onto Bowen Road will be re-opened for access to the building.
Council had one requirement: the testing of motorcycles and ATVs cannot take place on the exterior of the property.