Board approves zoning change: Auto business earns right to rebuild

Board approves zoning change; Mueller may rebuild

GREENFIELD – Owners of a local business destroyed by a fire late last year won the right to rebuild it exactly as it was.

Michael and Deborah Pfieffer, owners of Mueller Auto Body, 1020 E. Main St., sought six variances and a zoning change from the Greenfield Board of Zoning Appeals at its December meeting to allow them to rebuild their business in the exact footprint it had before the Nov. 10 fire burned it and several adjacent businesses.

More than 200 neighbors and friends of the business signed a petition asking city officials to let them bring the body shop back. The zoning in the area had changed over the years and would not allow for body shops; Mueller had formerly been grandfathered in.

Dozens of people attended the December and January Board of Zoning Appeals meetings to show their support as well.

The board approved all of the zoning variances, which mostly comprised of smaller distances from nearby roads than are currently allowed for developments according to city codes.