Fresno Business Owner Fights to Stay Open

November 18, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A Fresno business owner fighting to keep his auto repair shop open in one of Fresno's oldest neighborhoods will have to wait another two weeks to learn his fate. City officials revoked Van Ness Auto Repair's conditional use permit last month saying the owner failed to comply with the rules he had agreed to four years ago.

Jim Medina operates the repair shop in a building that has been designated as the first service station in California at Van Ness and Princeton in Central Fresno.

In the past, neighbors have complained that the owner parks cars on neighborhood streets, blocks sidewalks, and does repair work out in the open.

Wednesday night the owner and some of his supporters filled up city council chambers to appeal the city's decision at a planning commission meeting. After more than four hours of testimony, though, there was still no decision.

Fresno planning commissioners will take up the owner's appeal again at their next meeting on December 2nd. The repair shop remains open in the meantime.