The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals granted a variance Tuesday afternoon that helps clear the way for organizers of the Chain Reaction Bicycle Project to relocate their current bicycle shop at 113. W. Jefferson St. to 510 E. Washington St.
The Chain Reaction board plans to purchase the property on the south side of Washington Street between Eighth and Ninth streets. The building is an existing and vacant commercial building in a residential neighborhood.
"We’re very excited about the possibility of moving into this building," Chain Reaction board president Les Gustafson-Zook told the BZA members.
Gustafson-Zook also said the current location, a half block west of South Main Street, doesn’t have heat or air conditioning, which can cause unpleasant working conditions.
The mission of the Chain Reaction Bicycle Project, a not-for-profit organization, is to collect donated bicycles, repair them or recycle them and sell them for a modest price. The bike shop also sells recycled parts.
Since the new location is in a residential zone, Chain Reaction organizers had to request a zoning variance. Normally bicycle sales, service and recycling are only allowed in business districts.
Assistant Planning and Zoning Administrator Ryan Smith told the board that the surrounding neighborhood would not be adversely affected as a result of the bike shop relocation. Gustafson-Zook also read a letter of support from the East Lincoln Crossroads Neighborhood Association.
The variance was granted by a unanimous vote.
In other business
• The board approved a developmental variance request by the city of Goshen to allow a 9-foot front parking/driving aisle on the city vehicle maintenance site at 320 Steury Ave.
• The board approved a variance request by Ray and Julie Profeto of 2609 Salem Drive to allow for a 2-foot side setback for the expansion of an existing attached garage on their property.