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PARKERSBURG — With some modifications, the Parkersburg Municipal Planning Commission has approved a request to abandon a section of 20th Street and an alley to facilitate the construction of a new car dealership between Garfield and Ohio avenues.
The application was submitted by QNP Acquisitions LLC, owner of the property where Nourse Auto Group is building its new Pioneer Honda location. Dick Nourse, who bought the Larry Simmons Honda Mazda Volkswagen franchises in 2019 and also owns QNP, said he expects the new operation to open around November 1.
The planning commission approved the abandonment of a 40-by-125-foot portion of 20th Street and an approximately 15-by-353-foot portion of Cook Street and an unnamed driveway that s extend perpendicularly between the plots belonging to QNP.
“Having so much public traffic there could be problematic,” said Mark Welch of local engineering firm Pickering Associates, who spoke on Nourse’s behalf.
Parkersburg planner Connor LaVelle said the original application was adjusted to shorten the length of the Cook Street segment so that it is not adjacent to property owned by another entity and includes a parcel of 15 feet wide that appeared on county tax maps but had not been abandoned according to city records.
No one spoke against the petition, but a neighboring business owner asked about the potential impact on deliveries to his establishment.
Keith McClung said his company, Crown Floral & Gifts at 1933 Ohio Ave., may have as many as five to 10 53-foot trucks a week to deliver items. If they can’t turn around or cross and exit on 19th Street, they should back into the busy intersection of 20th Street and Ohio Avenue, he said.
“How do the trucks get out of there?” McClung said.
Welch said Nourse was willing to work with McClung on a right-of-way agreement to allow trucks to turn around or exit on 19th Street. This would not require any design changes to the project.
The planning commission voted 6-0 to approve the abandonment, on the condition that the QNP parcels be consolidated as recommended by the engineering and planning divisions and a mutually beneficial right-of-way agreement was reached. concluded.
McClung said this addressed his concerns and that he wanted the Pioneer business to succeed.
“We like to see our region grow” he said. “I also have to protect my business.”
The abandonment now goes to Parkersburg City Council for approval as an ordinance.
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