Roemen's gets conditional use permit
February 04. 2014 1:37PM
The owners of Roemen’s Automotive and NAPA Auto Parts got approval from City Hall to relocate to the former County Fair Food building near downtown Dell Rapids.
The Dell Rapids Planning and Zoning Commission quickly approved a conditional use permit Tuesday, Jan. 28 for Roemen’s Automotive to use the lot and building at 701 east Fourth Street for the purposes of an auto garage.
Roemen’s purchased the property in December from C.F. Realty for $450,000. A city ordinance adopted in 2001 forced the company to seek a conditional use permit before relocating.
“According to the ordinance, to do the use that they are proposing – an auto repair shop – it is necessary to go in front of planning for a conditional use,” said Justin Weiland, Dell Rapids City Administrator.
The commission’s unanimous approval came with two conditions: efforts must be taken to shield any outside storage from the roadway, neighboring homes and businesses; and the parking lot may not be used for permanent vehicle storage.
“Since they neighbor residential districts, maybe require that any additional outside storage be screened somehow from public view,” Weiland said. “There’s a lot of parking lot out there, but just so that doesn’t become a permanent location for vehicles.”
Paul Roemen, owner of the auto garage and NAPA auto parts store at 601 north Garfield Avenue, didn’t object to the conditions.
“As far as cars in the parking lot, it’ll just be customers’ cars until they come to pick them up,” he said. “Things aren’t going to change, except our scrap, that we have outside now, and our junk batteries will be inside (at the new location).”
Roemen said the only outside storage will be trash receptacles. The existing 15,900-square-foot building - formerly County Fair Foods – will be maintained.
Weiland said the business plans to paint the building, and install one overhead garage door on the storefront, east of the existing entrance.
Marie Roemen, Paul’s mother, purchased the north Garfield Avenue lot in 1987. In 1988, the family built a 1,200-square-foot garage and opened Roemen’s Automotive.
In 1990, Paul Roemen took ownership of the garage, and built on an 1,860-square-foot addition.
After another add-on in 1996, Roemen’s Automotive and NAPA Auto Parts had 5,700 square feet of operating space.
The new location two blocks south will give Roemen’s about 10,000 additional square feet of operating space.