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Gering relocation effort frustrates Scottsbluff businessman

Gering relocation effort frustrates Scottsbluff businessman
Strang/RRN/KNEB

A Scottsbluff businessman who was planning to relocate to Gering is voicing his frustrations after the city of Gering gave him an 11th hour “cease and desist” order prior to opening at his new location.

Ken Greenman says he received the order from Gering Police around 3:30 May 31st, one day before he was to open his Ken the Car Doctor business at the current Ameristar Service building on 10th Street, which he planned to lease from Kevin Stocker. Greenman said the order indicated his auto repair business did not conform to the central business district zoning regulations, and a letter with the order said Gering encouraged him to relocate to another property.

Greenman said he had to negotiate a $500 utility deposit with the city a few weeks before he planned to open and an electrical sign at the location had promoted his move for nearly a month. So Greenman maintains the city has no possible deniability for not knowing he was opening June 1st prior to receiving the  cease and desist order.

Greenman says the zoning allows for retail and service oriented businesses, maintains Ameristar has been using the building to maintain their fleet of vehicles and there is at least one other auto repair business in the zoned area. Greenman told KNEB News, “What else is the property going to be used for?”  But KNEB’s research shows auto repair businesses are specifically not allowed in the zoning district.

Greenman said he had costs averaging $1,000 a day to make the move to Gering and then move back to his old Scottsbluff location, where he began operating again Wednesday. Greenman says he is considering filing for damages.

Gering officials have not responded to KNEB’s calls on the issue.

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