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Olean Planning Board to consider dealership’s expansion request

OLEAN – Members of the city Planning Board on Monday heard plans from one business and granted approval to another for expansions within city limits.

One of the area’s largest car dealerships, Rick Bokman, has asked the board to take a look at plans for an expansion across the street from its current location at 1019 E. State St. The plans call for the construction of a new building attached to what was most recently Marilyn’s Motors, but started life as a Rocket gas station built in 1951, according to the Cattaraugus County Real Property Department.

The site will be transformed into a detail shop for the dealership’s internal use. Bokman has owned the parcel to the east and recently made the purchase of the former Marilyn’s Motors.

Construction will be done by WillDo, a Portville-based contractor. The project is expected to cost about $40,000, all of which will be paid in cash. Construction is expected to begin as soon as weather permits and Planning Board permission is granted.

Because the new structure will be added onto the existing building, a new deed for the two properties has been recorded by Bokman. State law prohibits construction of buildings that straddle parcel lines.

A public hearing on the project has been scheduled for at 7 p.m. April 12 in the courtroom of the Municipal Building.

A second project, the expansion of MJ Painting Contractors, 299 Homer St., received full approval from the board. In April 2013, the company asked the Cattaraugus County IDA about buying the property, which had been used as a city park. It was owned by Exxon and was listed as a brownfield that needed some cleanup. The city park was closed and a new site is currently under review.

Company owner Michael John III said plans for the property include construction of new buildings to house specialty painting operations, as well as leaving 30 percent of the site green, planting trees and other aesthetic features.

The project is expected to cost $528,000 and preserve 26 jobs. The company expects to add five positions as a result of the expansion.

MJ Painting is doing work in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Kansas. The recent purchase of a new epoxy painting machine will allow the company to paint piping for the oil and gas industry that will go underground. The company also does commercial interior and exterior painting.

The project received full approval from the board.