DERRY — Zoning board officials gave an unanimous approval to a car dealership business that was previously denied a chance to be located in Londonderry.
At a meeting Dec. 20, officials granted a variance for Savvy Motors owner George Morales to operate an auto sales business from property at 46 East Derry Road.
Back in November, Morales was unanimously denied his request to operate in neighboring Londonderry at a property at 501 Mammoth Road.
Savvy Motors was most recently operating from a location on Beech Street in Manchester.
Appearing before the Derry board, Morales called his business a smaller "Mom and Pop" type of business and added the business is not a traditional dealership as there would only be a small amount of cars on site, no repairs or mechanics.
Morales also said he wanted his business to be smaller.
"We are not looking to be a big dealership," he said.
Hours of operation for the business would be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday."
Derry officials granted the unanimous decision and welcomed Morales to town.
In other business, the board granted a special exception for Jonathan Giegerich to operate a tax preparation/CPA business from his home at 3 Old Chester Road, voting to approve the request by a vote of 5-0.
Giegerich said the business was a tax prep/counseling business that would not affect any abutting properties or generate a lot of traffic.
"It's a side business I do part time," Giegerich said, "and only takes place in the evening and weekends."
Hours of operation would be 7 to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
Another decision, 4-1, granted a variance to David Benedict and Derry Plumbing and Heating to install an electronic message center sign at 41 Birch Street.
The sign would be electronic in nature, would offer not only business-related messages to promote the business, but also would display information and messages about valuable reminders about upkeep of boilers, furnaces and when it's time to change batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide units.
The property is located near a gas station and also Parkland Medical Center, both with electronic messaging signs up and running.
Derry code enforcement officer Bob Mackey said this type of sign is allowed in that zone of town.
He said the property is getting a complete overhaul now and will include a showroom, offices and supply sales in the rear.
"It's a total building refacing over there," Mackey said. "It should look pretty nice when it's done."