CLIFTON PARK -- Neet's Auto Body, a longtime car collision repair shop that suffered serious damage from a March fire, received initial feedback from the town Planning Board about a rebuild project that will get the business back in operation.
The shop on Route 9 has been out of operation since the fire, which caused the building's roof to collapse.
According to plans submitted to the town Planning Department, the shop will be 12,500 square feet, which is more than double the size of the old shop.
There will be 18 parking spaces as well as an office in the shop, which has commercial zoning. The shop will utilize an existing septic system that is on the site.
The project site, which is about 1.5 acres, is 40 percent green space, according to project plans.
The larger shop will provide more room to work on a larger number of cars, and will in general increase efficiency, according to owner Tim Neet. The new shop will also be outfitted with the most modern tools, he said.
Neet appeared before the Planning Board on Wednesday. Neet was required to seek approval from the Planning Board because of the increase in size from the original.
Had his plan been to rebuild the shop as it was before, all he would have needed was a building permit, said planning staff at the meeting.
The upgraded shop was met with some praise.
“It’s good to see them rebounding from the tragedy and come back bigger and better,” town Planning Director John Scavo said at the meeting,
Other Planning Board members had some initial questions about the project, including whether there would be any outside storage of vehicles, what the maximum ceiling height would be and whether the new shop would look the same as the old one.
Neet said that cars would be stored inside the shop, except for rare times when a wreck is towed to the shop. In that case, the vehicle might sit outside for a day or two, he said. Maximum height in the shop will be 18 feet. He noted that the upgrades include a totally new look for the shop.
It will include some brick along the front of the building, with large windows. There also will be some landscaping along the front of the shop, such as bushes, Neet said.
Ultimately, the board did not act on the project, citing a lack of some supporting materials, such as official renderings of what the finished building will look like. Neet said he could provide the materials.
Board Chairman Rocky Ferraro said the materials would allow the board to take action at the next meeting.