The Wrightstown Township Board of Supervisors approved Marrazzo’s Manor Lane Garden Center to operate a small equipment repair and sales shop.
The shop was seeking approval to operate outside of what is typically allowed for the zoning of the site.
The repair and sales portion of the business is located at the existing Marrazzo’s Manor Lane Garden Center at 591 Durham Road (Route 413) next to The Shoppes at Wrightstown, which was previously called Carousel Village At Indian Walk.
Property owner Mike Marrazzo aims to open a repair shop in 900-square-foot shed in the back of the site. He said the shed is surrounded by an eight-foot-tall privacy fence and plants from the nursery.
“You won’t be able to see the actual equipment,” he said of the view from Durham Road and the shopping area’s parking lot.
“From the front door of the nursery and garden center, you wouldn’t be able to see this,” he added.
The sale and resale of small equipment will take place inside the garden center and won’t be outside, Marrazzo explained.
“The equipment will be for sale, all be under roof,” the businessman stated.
In response from questions from the supervisors, Marrazzo said he will be working on riding lawn mowers, but not selling them. He added that he will not be selling large farm equipment.
“We’re not looking to go bigger. We’re not,” he said.
Marrazzo stated a small amount of fuel and oil will be stored in the shed and used for repair work. He has an agreement to dispose of what is not needed with a recycling company.
During questioning by the supervisors, Marrazzo said the small equipment repair and sale business will not be the main focus on the site. The nursery will continue to be the focus.
Marrazzo told the supervisors there is enough parking at the site.
Supervisor Vice Chairperson Jane Magne said she had concerns over the business growing and becoming more noticeable.
After the conditional use hearing, the supervisors voted unanimously to grant approval with discussed conditions on limiting the size of the business.