Planning commission moves to approve O'Reilly Auto Parts variance request

O'Reilly Auto Parts in DL
O'Reilly Auto Parts was the first business to open in 2012 in the new Downtown Crossing shopping center in Detroit Lakes. (Tribune file photo)

The Perham planning commissioner heard a variance request from O'Reilly Auto Parts at a public meeting this morning, Feb. 18.

Michael Jenkinson, project manager at engineering company Tait , made an appeal to the planning commission to give a favorable recommendation to the City Council to approve the 10-foot building variance request for a Jake Street location for the projected auto parts store.

The requested variance is to allow for enough room for trucks to bring deliveries behind the store, allow for ample amount of parking for both cars and snow, and to allow enough room on the south side of the construction for the water retention pound by U.S. Highway 10, Jenkinson said. All of this could be accomplished with an 8-foot variance; however, 10 feet would be preferable if approved.

A majority of the commission is in favor of recommending the variance as none of the existing Jake Street businesses have voiced an objection to the city.

The commission will be giving their favorable recommendation at a special City Council Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 26.

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