Abdullah Karim, owner of K&B Auto Sales LLC, on Dec. 4 won approval from the Webster Groves City Council for a used car operation at 8455 Watson Road.
Karim’s is the third application in four years to operate a lot at the location. Karim plans to use the existing 1,655-square-foot building located on the triangle tract between Watson and East Old Watson roads. He has operated a used car lot in the city of St. Louis, but with his lease ending he wants to open the new lot in Webster Groves before the end of this year.
The city originally approved the property for a gas station in 1961, with a car wash use added in 1973, Director of Planning and Development Mara Perry said. A Vickers service station operated on the site beginning in 1991.
In 2014, the city issued a permit to allow for a used car lot and, in 2016, approved a change in ownership for another used car lot, Perry said.
The site has two driveways off of Watson Road, with plans for the easternmost one to be closed, Perry said. A driveway on East Old Watson will be used for inventory vehicles and, otherwise, would be closed off with a chain. Perry said vehicle transport trucks will not be allowed on the site.
Plans are for nine customer and office parking spaces and 26 spaces for vehicles being sold. That number could increase to 29 if a service bay is not installed. If a bay is installed, it would be for minor repair, maintenance and detailing work on inventory vehicles, Perry said.
Hours of operation will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Mondays through Saturdays, with auto repair not allowed after 5 p.m.
An existing privacy fence and evergreen trees, adjacent to East Old Watson to the north, will have to be maintained. Perry said lighting will have to be shielded, and no outside amplified speakers will be allowed.
Change to January Meeting Schedule
Webster Groves City Council is changing its meeting schedule for January of 2019.
Meetings in that month will be on Tuesday, Jan. 8 and Tuesday, Jan. 22.
Those meetings normally are held on the first and third Tuesdays of the month.