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Coziahr project expands service at Harley dealer

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Work is near completion on a construction project at Coziahr Harley-Davidson, 150 W. Marion, in Forsyth.

The business is undergoing a major expansion of its service department.

“The front part will be a service write-up area,” owner Tim Coziahr said. “The rear will be for motorcycle winter storage. We have room for 196 motorcycles in that new warehouse.”

The project also includes moving the sign for the service department from the east side of the building to the south side. In order to do that, Coziahr and his wife Debbie, had to ask for a variance from the village board.

On the agenda of the July 6 board meeting, there was an item under New Business for Ordinance No. 948 seeking approval for a variance to the signage for Coziahr Harley-Davidson to relocate a service sign from the east side of the building to the south side.

There had been a previous request for the variance dating back more than a year and a half that had expired. This past June, the village’s Planning and Zoning Commission approved this latest request.

Trustee Jim Peck noted that there’s an 18-month timeline on the ordinance, but he asked, “Do we really need that when nothing’s changed?”

David Greenwell, project manager on the job for Blank, Wesselink, Cook and Associates, Inc., speaking on behalf of the Coziahrs (Tim Coziahr was in attendance), asked if there had been any notice given to the Coziahrs about extending the request for variance.

Trustee Dave Wendt asked if the process could be modified so that the parameters are more clear in the beginning of the application process.

After some discussion, Trustee Steve Hubbard made the motion, which was seconded by Wendt. All votes were Yea. The motion carried.

The project should be complete sometime in October, Tim Coziahr said.

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