Yark Mazda, 6008 West Central, has been granted two variances to the Sylvania Township zoning resolution in order to remodel and expand the dealership.

Jerome Parker, an attorney representing the dealership, told the Sylvania Township Board of Zoning Appeals that Yark had been mandated by Mazda to change the appearance of the building’s facade and to increase the amount of room available for the service department.

He said the company wants its dealerships to have a standardized appearance, adding that if the business didn’t comply it could lose the Mazda franchise.

To accommodate a new front for the building, the dealership said it would need to go closer to the Central Avenue centerline than allowed by the zoning resolution.

Daryl Graus, manager of Sylvania Township’s office of planning and zoning, told the board, the dealership was asking for a variance of about 15 feet in order to make the necessary changes to the front of the building.

His office recommended approval for the variance, noting that there should be no negative impact on the surrounding area nor would it create a hindrance for motorists along Central.

The planning and zoning office also recommended approval for the variance sought for the east side of the building along Warner Avenue.

There the dealership was seeking a variance of about 20 feet from the 35 feet required as a setback from Warner. Mr. Graus said that in 2010 the BZA had granted a variance of 22 feet at that site, although the business there at the time never acted on it. He said the situation at the site is largely as it had been then. He added that granting the variance should not have a negative effect on the area nor should it create a hindrance for motorists.

The board voted unanimously in favor of granting the variances.


Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer

Posted: July 16, 2020

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