New Westminster Toyota dealership needs space while it rebuilds

Westminster Toyota wants to store vehicles on a piece of property near the Queensborough Bridge while a new dealership is built at its current location.

According to a city staff report, Westminster Toyota is in the process of putting together the final design for a new dealership at 210 12th St. The site, however, is too small to keep enough vehicles on it while the redevelopment is underway.

The dealership’s owners, Butt Enterprises, bought a vacant lot at 502 20th St., on the river side of Stewardson Way. They want to be able to store vehicles there until the new dealership is finished.

The land is currently designated for industrial uses. But Butt has asked the city to allow it to be used for vehicle storage until Aug. 25, 2017. If it still wants to use it for that purpose after that time the company has a few options. It can apply for another three-year extension, have the land rezoned to allow vehicle storage, construct a building to sell, service or repair vehicles, or remove the vehicles.

Council will consider the request when it next meets Aug. 25, 2014.

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