Sue Kieswetter reports:
A Liberty Township car body repair shop is one step closer to adding a work bay to handle an increased work load.
Township trustees approved a zone change from residential suburban estate to community business for Hamilton’s Body Shop this week at the request of owner Dennis Hamilton.
“We seem to be getting busier and busier,’’ Hamilton said. “It would be nice to have a little bit more space.”
Located on the west side of Cincinnati-Dayton Road, just south of Kyles Station Road, the body repair and painting shop sits on a one-acre site. It has been in business about 32 years. When it was established there was no zoning.
Once the township took over zoning, assigning a residential zone to the property, the shop became a legal, non-conforming use, which makes it more difficult to expand and limits additions.
Four years ago Hamilton built an addition and he wants to add another bay to that and possibly a pole barn.
“Even though everyone has been depressed about the economy on the national level, there are success stories out there,’’ said Andy Meyer, the township’s senior planner.
“(This business) expanded twice – first in 2009 and now in 2013, he wants to expand again.”
Hamilton said architects are working on drawings for the bay and he plans to submit them for approval in the upcoming weeks.
The zoning change takes effect next month.