The third time was the charm for the , seeking approval of site plans for changes at its Creve Coeur facility as the dealership adds the Fiat brand to its stable.
Planning and Zoning Commission members after asking officials to make alterations to its proposal earlier this spring after concerns about corporate architecture, especially in a prominent location like the Fusz property, at Lindbergh and Olive. In haggling almost worthy of a car purchase, Fiat asked for additional changes, prompting Stephen Hollander, appearing before the commission on behalf of Fusz Monday, to take a lighthearted approach. "I apologize for being here again," he said, before members unanimously approved the minor revisions.
In other commission activity, members delayed taking action on a request by proposing the relocation of the facility's ATM, among other items. City staff endorsed the plan, with conditions placed on shrubbery and irrigation on the property, along with improvements to the buffering the property's garbage area. Residents Stuart MacAskill and Richard Jarrett, who live in the neighborhood adjacent to the rear of the property, spoke up about the need to improve the buffer zone between the residential area and the Credit Union. The existing trees on the site, they said, still left a gap for light pollution from the area.
First Community's landscape architect told the panel the company was happy to work with residents on a solution and to bring it back for approval. Other issues raised, concerning lighting, parking and signage moved commission members to delay taking action until the next meeting.