The owner of an auto glass business in New Kensington is considering opening a small fleet of used cars.
But first, Roy Berg will need special permission from the city.
“I have always played with cars. I work on it all day, ”said Berg of Upper Burrell. “I thought to myself, why don’t you sell some? “
Berg wants to open the used car parking lot at the back of 404 Freeport St.
The city’s zoning hearing panel is due to hear Berg’s appeal for a special exception for the lot at its meeting on February 10.
The parking lot would be located where Berg’s glass company AK Valley Auto Glass is now located. He intends to move the glass store to a building he plans to construct on city property on 7th Street near the 7th Street extension.
For the fleet, Berg said he plans to only make sales and have fewer than 10 cars at any one time.
He said he wanted to sell “a good car at a decent price”.
For the glass business, Berg said a new building will have a taller garage door so it can work on motorhomes and semi-trailers inside.
His plans for the parking lot and moving the glass business have both been slowed down by the pandemic.
“I don’t believe there’s a good time to start anything,” Berg said. “It’s either you do it or you don’t. There is never, never a good time.
After getting city approval for the parking lot, Berg said he would then need state approval.
He hopes to get it working in a year, but can’t be sure.
“Honestly, things should have been done a year ago,” he said. “Everyone tells me the same old story: ‘There is a pandemic.’ Everything is out the window. You don’t know what’s going to happen or how long it’s going to take.
For the glass store, Berg hopes to get a building permit this year and move in next year.
Berg said he was going to continue after the two projects.
“I have nothing else to do,” he said. “Once you’re invested financially, you don’t give up.”