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Polmanteer seeks to expand auto repair in Penn Yan

Gavin Polmanteer, owner of Polmanteer Auto Service Center in the Horizon Park in Penn Yan, appeared before the April 25 meeting of the Yates County Planning Board for approval of a Use Variance and an Area Variance to allow the expansion of his family’s current pre-existing business.

Polmanteer wants to make a considerable investment to expand his business with a 60′ by 40′ addition to the current building to accommodate a body repair and paint shop to offer full collision service. However, since auto repair was never written in as an approved use at the business park, as a non-conforming use in the Planned Business zone, he must apply for a variance for the expansion. County Planner Dan Long notes that the Village of Penn Yan will likely look into re-zoning Horizon Park since most businesses have a variance to be there.

Polmanteer also requests an Area Variance to allow signage for his business on a neighboring property that fronts Rte. 14A that is owned by Brian Cunningham of Penn Yan Plumbing & Heating. Cunningham has agreed that the sign would be placed north of his own. According to Polmanteer, Steve Griffin, CEO of the Finger Lakes Economic Development Center (which owns the business park) has said the park will not install a shared sign for all the businesses in the park. Polmanteer added that his retail service business needs the exposure on the main highway in order to be successful. “Many people thought when we sold to Walgreen’s (at the corner of Liberty and Elm Streets) that we just went away,” he told the board.

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