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  1. #31
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    Oh man I'm sorry to hear that. I hate to say it but IMO you're going to be better off to cut and run. I don't know about you locality, but in my area variances are few and far between. My family owns a business that is "non-conforming". It's a flower shop in an area of light industrial/office. The business was started in 1948 by my grandfather and has been owned and run by at least one member of the family ever since. In 1976 we had a fire that almost completely put us out of business. We were lucky because we were allowed to rebuild and get back in operation. If there had been any more damage than there was we would have been out of luck. We were able to save just enough of the original structure to let the city allow us to get back up and running.

    I would think to grandfather in a business in a non-conforming use it would have to be the same type of business. I doubt that they would allow a business change from one non-conforming to another.

    Good luck if you decide to still pursue this location.

    John
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  2. #32
    Ok.... Here is the deal. I have decided to cut my losses and run. I will talk to the owner tomorrow. The deposit will probably be hard to get back. I will consider it a costly lesson.

    I found a building today for the about the same cost, better location, in an industrial park, mins away from my plywood supplier, near the airport, has a loading dock, 2 offices and a showroom and much bigger and ready to move in. I have checked out all the details with the city and all is good. Now I just have to come up with the funds to move in.

    Any one need a Harley in excellent condition

    I wll keep you updated.


    Greg

    I will not let these obstacles keep me down or hold me back. In order to be sucessful I need to do the things others don't.

  3. #33
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gregory Hairston View Post
    Ok.... Here is the deal. I have decided to cut my losses and run. I will talk to the owner tomorrow. The deposit will probably be hard to get back. I will consider it a costly lesson.

    I found a building today for the about the same cost, better location, in an industrial park, mins away from my plywood supplier, near the airport, has a loading dock, 2 offices and a showroom and much bigger and ready to move in. I have checked out all the details with the city and all is good. Now I just have to come up with the funds to move in.

    Any one need a Harley in excellent condition

    I wll keep you updated.


    Greg

    I will not let these obstacles keep me down or hold me back. In order to be sucessful I need to do the things others don't.

    Sounds like a much better deal on the building

  4. #34
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    Greg,

    Sorry that palce didn't work out for you...but things happen for a reason. Sounds like the place you found is better all around.

    Good luck and keep us informed...
    - Marty -
    Fivebraids, Inc.
    When you earnestly believe you can compensate for a lack of skill by doubling your efforts, there’s no end to what you can’t do…

  5. #35
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    Congratulations on finding a new (and it sounds like better) place. Maybe, in the end, it will cost you less, even with your loss on the first place.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Greg,

    Glad you found a new place to land and I personaly think it's a smart move. As an X- swabbie I know that you know how to react and land on your feet. I'll be anxously looking forward to your progress.

    Anchors away.
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

  7. #37
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Great, another guy with a HUGE shop for me to be jealous of........

    Can't wait to see the pics!

    Cheers!
    Stu,
    don't worry that his is bigger than yours. You know what they say.... It's not how big it is, it's what you do with it.

    Sorry I couldn't resist.

    Glad to hear you found a new place Greg. I think whatever money you lost on the first deal is money well spent. Sometimes it's better to walk away. About 12 years ago I walked away from almost $3K on a land deal gone wrong. We had offered to purchase some land and I was going to build a house. I paid for a survey and purchased plans and everything. About six weeks into our 90 day "escow period" I found out that we were less than 1/2 mile from a class three contaminated site! We were planning on a well. There was NO WAY I was going to sink a well in that location no matter what a current test said. It was going to cost around $40K to bring city water to the site and the seller refused to kick in with ANY of the cost so I cut my losses and killed the deal. Like I said, I walked away from almost $3K but that was money well spent IMO. I wasn't going to risk my family's health by sinking a well that close to a contaminated site!

    Good luck in your venture!

    John
    Last edited by John Pollman; 11-15-2006 at 02:10 AM.
    "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten"

  8. #38
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    Sounds like the new place will work out better than the first one. Even though there was a bit of money lost, maybe you'll make it up by not having to spend on changes to the new place. Here's hoping for lots of success in your new venture.

  9. #39
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    Sounds like you will do well with that kind of attitude Greg!

    The new location sounds good, loading docks are NICE to have!

    Cheers!

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    greg, industrial park means 3-phase "pot" power........keep the scoot and put your phase converter up for sale instead........pictures! tod
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