MARLBOROUGH – The owner of a Mechanic Street garage is seeking the city’s permission to make several improvements on the site.
Rick Marino, a trustee for Marco Realty Trust and Professional Automotive Service at 19 Mechanic St., has filed an application for a special permit for the existing metal building at 13-15 Mechanic St.
According to the permit, the applicant wants to improve the front façade; install two garage doors along the side of the building; install a new bathroom; and install an equipment storage platform and three automotive lifts, all within the structure.
The goal is to expand the applicant’s automobile repair services, currently at 19 Mechanic St., to the site at 13-15 Mechanic St.
The special permit is needed because “alteration of the garage is in furtherance of a use that is pre-existing non-conforming, and not in a manner substantially different from the prior owner’s use of the property, nor substantially more detrimental to the neighborhood than the existing nonconforming use,” according to the application.
During its meeting on June 26, the City Council sent the request to its Urban Affairs Committee; a public hearing has been scheduled for Monday, July 24.