Friday, August 19, 2022

York supervisors unanimously OK new body shop for Bypass Road tourist corridor

A Caliber Collision auto body repair shop was approved for the site where Mr. T Tire and Auto currently operates. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)
A Caliber Collision auto body repair shop was approved for the site where Mr. T Tire and Auto currently operates. (WYDaily/Andrew Harris)

YORK — A collision repair and auto body shop will be joining the tourist corridor on Bypass Road.

Caliber Collision, the largest collision repair company in the U.S., has received approval to construct an auto body repair and painting center next to Comfort Inn. York County’s Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 in favor of the proposal Tuesday evening.

The business will not provide engine work or oil changes. Rather, services include body and interior repair and painting, Caliber said.

“If you need their services you’re probably having a bad day already,” Caliber legal counsel Vernon Geddy said before the board. “Their goal is to get you in and out of there as quickly and efficiently and pleasantly as possible.”

Mr. T Tire and Auto currently operates on the property. Mr. T offers vehicle maintenance and tire care services.

Two residential buildings sit on an adjacent parcel, and both the homes and Mr. T Tire and Auto will be demolished so Caliber Collision can be constructed.

Carrie Crew, owner of Mr. T, said she plans to reopen the business elsewhere in town. She has yet to find a suitable location.

Each building will be demolished, and in their place an 18,635 square foot shop with two service bay doors and a customer service office will be constructed.

The property, composed of five separate parcels, faces Bypass Road along a front of 150 feet, according to meeting documents.

The property will be accessed through a shared driveway with the neighboring property, which will one day host a Sam’s Xpress Car Wash and gas station. The Board of Supervisors approved the car wash earlier this year.

County code requires all work on vehicles to be conducted inside. However, vehicles needing repairs can be stored outside, and the application calls for a parking area in the back of the property. The developers will build a privacy fence to block views from the Wyndham Patriots Place timeshare that is behind the property.

Planning staff recommended the board deny the proposal, saying it is not consistent with comprehensive plan for Bypass Road as a major tourist corridor.

Lined with hotels, Bypass Road is part of the Tourist Corridor Management District, which aims to “to provide a positive visual experience for those visitors coming into and through the county,” according to meeting documents.

“There are good arguments on both sides,” Tim Cross, the county’s deputy director of planning and development services, said before the board. “The proposed building would be a modern new attractive commercial building, and I think aesthetically we can all agree it would an upgrade over what’s out there currently.”

The county’s Planning Commission previously voted 3-3 on the proposal in April.

Cross said five surrounding property owners on Bypass Road said they were in favor of the proposal.

“This project seems to be an attempt to continue to develop the area,” Supervisor Walt Zaremba said. “I guess tourists, too, have occasional [automotive issues]. The hoteliers almost unanimitywise were in support of this thing.”

Geddy said the shop will employ between 20 and 25 people, with many of the jobs paying more than $60,000 annually.

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