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Zoning issues plague Glenville used-car dealer

After selling used cars for 16 years on Freemans Bridge Road, Glenville business owner Rick DiCresce had to pack up and move to make way for a new Lowe's Home Improvement Center.

But DiCresce's new location, at 178 Freemans Bridge Road, is zoned only for new car sales, and the town recently cited him for trying to operate his dealership there.

All I want to do is work here in Glenville, where I have for years. I feel that if I had not agreed to move, there would not even be a Lowe's, said DiCresce.

Now local businesses are standing behind DiCresce. Many are planning to put up signs supporting him, and about 50 have signed a petition asking the town to allow him to continue operating at the site.

DiCresce, who sells only used cars and also works as a mechanic, said the new location is right down the street from the original dealership. He said the town led him to believe that he would be grandfathered in if he moved and that town officials would work with him on zoning issues given the fact that he had to relocate.

"All I am doing is moving a quarter mile down the road, and what they are doing is upsetting a lot of small business owners -- all for a big business. I made a lot of improvements to the new property, and now I will have to go to court over it. I am pleading with the town to do the right thing," said DiCresce.

Supervisor Frank Quinn said he never made any promises to re-zone the property.

"He purchased the property knowing what the zoning is," said Quinn.

Dan Carlton of Salisbury Chevrolet, who sold DiCresce the new property across from his own dealership, said he believes the town owes it to DiCresce to make a zoning exception.

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