Ohio Auto, RV Retailer Closed by Zoning Issue
A Springfield, Ohio, auto and recreational vehicle dealership has closed — temporarily at least — because of a residential zoning fight.
According to a report in the Springfield News-Sun, Tom’s Toys, Boats, RVs and Trucks cannot sell vehicles on the property unless it is rezoned from a residential district to a business district.
The dealership recently posted a sign that said: “Going out of Business Sale, Due to the Springfield Twp. Residential Zoning on this property we will be closing, Get your best deal now.”
The owners will appear before the zoning board on Jan. 9, asking to rezone the 14-acre property from a residential to general business district. Officials say the rezoning case was previously turned down because the business is located in the floodplain.
If the rezoning is approved, the business plans to reopen Feb. 1. If the rezoning is not approved, property owner Pat Dinh said he could seek annexation into the city.
“We need to do whatever it takes to rezone and redevelop that property,” Dinh said. “It’s a great piece of property, and it’s a dynamic location.”
Both business owner Tom Owens and attorney Jim Peifer declined comment for the story.
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