Birmingham Township Supervisors Monday night granted approval for CJ's Tire & Automotive Services to open a retail business at 1309 Wilmington Pike. But there are people who may challenge the decision.The approval followed a conditional use hearing for the retail sale of tires and automobile accessories and associated services and repair. The property is in the C-2 zoning district where such businesses are allowed by conditional use. It had previously been approved for a motorcycle dealership, but that never materialized.

Township solicitor Joseph Brion said there were 31 conditions attached to the approval. There can be no external trash, no test driving of vehicles other than on Route 202, and there may be no gas or fuel storage on site.

The location, at Route 202 and Penn Oaks Drive, borders on Thornbury Township Chester County and several Thornbury residents oppose the use - as they did when approval was granted for the motorcycle dealership.

Ed Travis, chairman of the Thornbury Board of Supervisors, has a safety concern do to extra traffic and he had asked Birmingham officials to put up a no turn on red sign at the intersection.

John Conklin, Birmingham's supervisors' chairman said he had checked with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and found no reason to put up such a sign.

Fellow Supervisor Al Bush supported Conklin saying that there were no warrants for the restriction based on PennDOT standards. He acknowledged limited sight lines, but said those lines do meet PennDot's minimum.

Travis said he still believes the sign should go up "for the sake of safety of the driving public."

Stephanie Kirk, who lives on Penn Oaks Drive and challenged the previous conditional use approval because of noise and exhaust emissions, said she was not pleased with the decision. Those concerns about emissions remain. She said the plans call for six service bays with open doors facing her neighborhood. Kirk is not yet certain what, if any action, she will take.

Greg Mynaugh, the director of sales and operations for CJ's, said the company plans to lease the site for about two years, then buy the property.

Conditional use approval was granted in 2007 for the site to be used as a Yamaha Motorcycle dealership for Tommy Hannum of Hannum's Harley Davidson. While Hannum took ownership of the property, the dealership never happened.

Under conditions of the current approval, Hannum may maintain some storage on the site, but nothing more.

Other business

The township is looking for volunteers to serve on several committees. The township needs to fill one vacancy on the Planning Commission, two vacancies on Recreation, Park & Open Space Committee and several vacancies on the proposed Historic Commission.

A secretary is also needed to take minutes for the Recreation, Park & Open Space Committee.

Residents interested in volunteering should contact the township office by e-mail to birminghamtwp@comcast.net or phone 610-793-2600.

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