Town Planners Oppose New Used Car Lot

One Hamilton Planning Board member says that Mike's Auto Repair should be allowed to sell used cars “over my dead body.”

The Hamilton Planning Board voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose what is seemingly a used car lot that has recently cropped up at Mike's Auto Repair.

The board said it would advise the Zoning Board of Appeals that Mike's should not be allowed to sell used cars.

The ZBA is scheduled Wednesday night to hold “an informal discussion” with attorney Jim Kroesser about at 17 Bay Road in downtown Hamilton.

Mike's Auto Repair began to sell used cars on its property on April 13, according to the Planning Board.

Planning Coordinator Kristine Cheetham told the Planning Board that the shop had been told by town officials to stop selling cars, but she did not know if a formal cease and desist order was given. She said she understands that Mike's Auto Repair has a license to sell used cars, but would need permission from the town to sell them at that site.

Several board members said it appears that Mike's Auto Repair is still selling used cars.

The Zoning Board will discuss whether the repair shop would need a variance by the ZBA or undergo site plan review by the Planning Board for it to operate a used car business. 

The Planning Board, reviewing the town's zoning bylaw, found that in downtown Hamilton only car "showrooms" are allowed.

Chairman Peter Clark said selling cars from an open lot was not the same as selling cars in a closed showroom.

Board member Rick Mitchell, who said he planned to attend ZBA meeting, strongly opposed the used car lot. He said Mike's Auto Repair would be allowed to sell used cars from his garage “over my dead body.”

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john c public May 02, 2012 at 12:03 PM
If he's an honest man, providing an honest business, why stop him? If its the sheer fact that it cheapen's the look of downtown, then you need to look at several shops there, the mess that surrounds their business, and how those eyesore's affect the look of downtown.
Lindsay Mazzetta May 02, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Give me a break! Why are people so worried about looks? If its bringing in money let him do it! You wonder why half the shops in town keep going out of business! The rent is too high and no one wants to spend $600 on a pair of flip flops! The black cow is gone! This town is getting too worried over looks, instead of just doing what they can to bring in money.
Rich May 02, 2012 at 12:53 PM
he's got a license but not a permit... I always thought the permit came before the license...the guy doesn't want to sell drugs it's a few used cars, you know, Jags, Benz, BMW, pretty Hamilton type cars....nice sales tax...curious to know what type of biz Rick Mitchell would rather see, so he wouldn't have to lay down his life to save the town from.
alice maciejowski May 02, 2012 at 02:50 PM
As President of the Rick Mitchell fan club, I can tell you that it is absolutely within his purview as Hamilton's Master of the Venomous Future Universe to simultaneously promote a 43-unit condo development in the Groundwater Protection Overlay District whilst threatening used-car martyrdom.
john c public May 02, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Mike needs to put a carport, some rusty wrecks, and maybe hang some old hubcaps from the lights in his lot, just to fit in...
Bill May 02, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Outstanding. The snob patrol strikes again. It amazes me how anti-business Mass. state and local governments are during tough times. Get ready for another bad job report on Friday, and these people are trying to keep a guy from making a buck.
Robert Foringer May 02, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Rudy for President!!!
Nancy May 02, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Doesn't look any different than other businesses. Cars are parked everywhere. You mean we can't park our "used" cars downtown to go into a shop or restaurant?
John Doe May 02, 2012 at 11:14 PM
So I am a school-choice student in HWRHS (meaning I don't live in Hamilton).... and I am honestly appalled at the business methods and restrictions that placed on something like a used car lot. I am so glad I don't live in this town, and after I finish college I am definitely never going to try and open a business in Hamilton; it would be like trying to live in the early 1900s all over again. Simple economics show that too many ridiculous restrictions are only bad for the economy, and so its no wonder taxes are so high in your town. I got a great education from HW, maybe some of these committee members should go take some classes at the high school.
Jack May 03, 2012 at 12:58 AM
This is the kind of mean spirited, ignorant nonsense I expect from the people that brought you the most inefficient, idiotic trash collection possible. Mike is merely trying to expand his business (every bit of which brings in taxes) and live the small business American dream. It should be encouraged and not squashed out of hand. Rick Mitchell says "Over my dead body" - what on earth kind of a message is that? Selfish, snobbish, indulgent, spoilt and totally out of touch with the economy, business and people's finances.
Jack May 03, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Great post Alice - this is the kind of hypocritical nonsense we need to illuminate. Rick Mitchell may well feel this is a cause worth dying for - oh, the horror of seeing... cars - but he has lost the respect of everyone I know for his snobbish, spoilt and anti-business stance. Hear that? It's the sound of disgust, dissatisfaction and change...
Bob Gray May 03, 2012 at 03:33 PM
No one wants to hurt a business from expanding but it has to be done within the limits of the law. Mike's Auto does not have a permit to allow having a used car lot so let him do it legally and apply to the zoning board for a permit like everyone should. I personally don't like the look of all those cars lined up with flags on the antennas in our downtown but that’s just me. Let's not let our downtown start to look like a city business strip with brightly illuminated signs and lots filled with banners and flags. I don't think most people really want that. We are in the process of trying to beautify our downtown and I think this is a step in the wrong direction...
Beth Webber May 06, 2012 at 11:23 AM
Bob, you just described Locksmyths. Now that is a mess!
Jim Smith May 06, 2012 at 04:16 PM
Brian Kelly should buy the lot and put in a new Volvo dealership, now that would pass with flying colors as all the Upper Crust of Hamilton drives Volvos ! Pass the Grey Poopon, Please ? "Poop" Get it ?
Michelle Bailey May 08, 2012 at 03:32 AM
So it's ok for them to park cars outside they intend to repair, but it's not ok to park them outside if they intend to sell them. Plus, aren't there cars parked in the street right in front of this "car lot?" Maybe we should not allow any cars to park in downtown. That should be helpful for all the merchant.
Ms. Get Your Facts Straight May 08, 2012 at 09:30 PM
disgust May 11, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Bob, do you have a problem displaying the AMERICAN FLAG? There are no banners nor any illuminated signs. Permit? Mike's Auto has had a license to sell cars for YEARS and has done so...would you care for the reference list of satisfied clients or a number of the THOUSANDS of dallars in sales tax revenue that Mike's Auto has generated? By the way, most cars today do not even have antennas...must be the thought processs from the 50's on cars...go ahead and "beautify the downtown with closed/out of business signs....


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