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What will the former auto repair shop at South 21st Street and Gibson Avenue be once renovation is complete?

Ken Little
StarNews

The owner of the former Thorning’s Auto Service shop at 406 S. 21st St., Wilmington [Map this], plans to convert the property to a private garage to store a collection of automobiles, and repair work would no longer be done on the premises, said John Fullerton, city of Wilmington zoning administrator.

The Wilmington Planning Commission recommended approval of the new use for the property at its Oct. 6, 2010, meeting. The plan also has city staff support, but is subject to final approval in October 2010 by Wilmington City Council.

The repair shop is in a residential neighborhood. It was being put to non-conforming use, but the repair business was grandfathered in some years ago, Fullerton said.

City Tax Collector Gene Meadows said the auto repair shop has been located on the property since at least 1979, but the shop ceased operation earlier this year.

The property owner is listed in city tax records as Carroll Overton III.

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