Hobart City Hall

HOBART — A used car lot is expanding its operation following support from the Plan Commission.

The panel recently approved a site plan allowing business owner Omar Alburei to have up to 40 vehicles at the site near 37th Avenue and Colorado Street. The amount is double what he was previously allowed to display.

In June last year, the commission approved Alburei’s plan to convert a unit in the commercial plaza there into an office and use an empty parking area along Colorado to display vehicles for sale.

At that time, he was authorized to showcase up to 20 vehicles.

Alburei on Thursday told the commission having up to 40 vehicles there is necessary because some of the cars he acquires need repairs before they can be available for purchase.

Although those vehicles aren’t listed for sale, they count toward the number of cars permitted on the property, Alburei said.

City Councilman Dave Vinzant, a commission member, said he understands used car dealerships have some vehicles that aren’t immediately ready to be sold, but he wants the business to have a nice appearance.

He and other officials said they don’t want to see cars in need of repairs displayed with the fully functional vehicles that are available for purchase.

Alburei agreed to store those cars out of sight in the rear of the property until they receive mechanical work.

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