Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Planners Study Goodyear Proposal

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Planners Study Goodyear Proposal

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Plans to build a Jiffy Lube adjacent to the Ponte Vedra Pointe

plaza have been turned down, but a proposed Goodyear Service

Center is still being examined by St. Johns County planning

officials.

Dennis Wolfson wants to build, then lease a Goodyear Service

Center and a Jiffy Lube on property he owns on Florida A1A

adjacent to the Ponte Vedra Pointe plaza and across from the

south gate of Sawgrass Country Club. The tire sales and

installation facility was approved by the county Planning

Department last month, because it met criteria for the site's

commercial general zoning category. Jiffy Lube didn't qualify,

because it performs automotive services that make it commercial

intensive.

Last week, the Planning Department learned that the Goodyear

store will be a full automotive center providing services such

as lubrications, oil changes and engine overhauls. Director of

Planning Scott Clem sent a letter to notify Wolfson that the

Goodyear store may not qualify for general commercial after all.

"We're still trying to find out exactly what it is that they're

proposing and then take appropriate action," Clem said. "We put

them on notice that the zoning code allows for tire sales and

installation. We don't believe it allows for repair services. .

. . Based on the plans they submit, we could hold up

construction plan approval."

Charles Dison, owner and operator of Dison's Tire Center, wants

to lease the Goodyear store. The business would sell and mount

tires and provide automotive service, he said.

"We would love to go in there as a Goodyear Center," Dison

said. "At this point in time, we're turned down. I don't know

what's going to happen."

Wolfson has 30 days to appeal the Planning Department's new

ruling on the tire store to the zoning agency, just as he did

for the Jiffy Lube. Then that decision could be appealed to

county commissioners. They could also ask for rezoning to allow

commercial intensive uses for the site, Clem said.

But Thursday, the zoning agency voted 3-2 to support the

Planning Department's ruling that classified Jiffy Lube as

commercial intensive. …

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