Local Griswold Business Owners Celebrate Ground Breaking of New Facility

This article was published on: 08/5/16 8:15 PM by Mike Minarsky

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It’s been a tough road in the last year for the owners of East Coast Auto Sales on RT 138 in Griswold over the last 2  years.  After numerous meetings with attorney’s, town officials, Planning and Zoning, contractors, and even private residents, they have finally been able to break ground on the site of what is going to be the new home for their used car dealership.

Mike Dingivan, one of the owners of East Coast Auto Sales says “it’s been a long time coming and it’s been tough and a little bit of relief.  This is the start of it all.”  There were also some neighbors to the dealership’s new location that opposed the dealership moving into the same area as they lived.  East Coast then went to zoning and asked for a special exception to have the ability to build on the lot that they purchased since it had been zoned a “C1” zone which did not include auto dealers.  Dealerships fit within the “C2” category.  East Coast even agreed to provide special landscaping for James and Valerie Grills of Griswold who felt that the dealership was not appropriate for that area.

All adversary aside, the ceremonial ground breaking took place on Wednesday at the new Industrial Park on 138 adjacent to the Valero Gas Station.  Dan Hunter, also owner of East Coast Auto said everything would then start the very next day with site line determination and shrubbery.  East Coast expects to be in their new home by Spring 2017.


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