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Published: Friday, 2/15/2008

Auto yard scraps bid for permit

An automotive parts salvage yard that wanted to locate in a South Toledo neighborhood over the ire of residents has withdrawn its application with the Toledo Plan Commission.

Do-It-Yourself Pull-A-Part Used Auto Parts, which wanted permission to build its newest salvage and sales branch on an approximately 18-acre parcel along South Avenue between Byrne and Wenz roads, needed a zoning change for the property.

John Widmer, administrator of the Toledo-Lucas County Plan Commissions, said the company could request another site, but there is a one-year waiting period on a property where the case has been withdrawn.

The South Toledo site is zoned limited industrial, although a zoning change to general industrial would have been required for Pull-A-Part's plans to move forward.

The location abuts the family-owned Ohlman Farm and Greenhouse and is across the street from another auto salvage yard, Nationwide Auto Parts and Recycling.

The commission last month agreed to delay its vote until yesterday after nearly a dozen neighborhood stakeholders spoke out against the salvage yard.

Atlanta-based Pull-A-Part stocks its salvage yards with hundreds of used vehicles and charges customers to disassemble whatever parts they need for their own vehicles.

Last year, Pull-A-Part considered building its Toledo branch at 671 Spencer St., near the Anthony Wayne Trail, on land formerly occupied by Haughton Elevator Co.

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