Used car shop focus of Fleischmanns hearing
By Jay Braman Jr.
A now dormant garage on Wagner Avenue in the Village of Fleischmanns will soon be bustling with activity if the village planning board gives Thomas Shamro permission to open up a used car and auto repair shop on the premises.
His application, now before the planning board, will be the subject of a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 6 in the Skene Memorial Library on Main Street in the village.
“Thomas Shamro would like to operate an auto repair and used vehicle sales on DNEP Corp property at 684 Wagner Avenue in Fleischmanns,” states a notice by the planning board, made public last week.
The project’s plans can be reviewed in the office of the Town of Middletown Building Department, located at town hall on Route 28 in Margaretville.
The garage is located in flood zone land across the street from another automobile based enterprise known as VW Auto Parts, the former Bailey Manufacturing building.
The VW Auto Parts property, like 684 Wagner Avenue, was severely flooded during Hurricane Irene, and was recently the subject of a surprise raid and search by state Department of Environmental Conservation officials. So far there has been no explanation for that search.
Shamro, who also operates Shamro’s Tire and Auto Service on county Highway 37 in Fleischmanns, said Tuesday that although the owners of VW Auto Parts did at one time rent 684 Wagner Avenue from DNEP Corp, they no longer do. “They have nothing to do with it,” he said, “and I have nothing to do with them.”
Shamro also said that despite what is on the application before the planning board, he has changed his mind about used car sales and only intends to conduct an auto repair business. He intends to simply relocate his current business. “I’ve been doing this for seven years,” he added.