RANDOLPH, NJ- Timothy Woodward submitted an application request to use a space at Mountain Ridge Business Park on 1248 Sussex Turnpike for his new business. The property, which is located across the street from the cemetery and next to the Post Office, is where Woodward plans to open an automobile service station.
Randolph’s Board of Adjustment hears development applications that do not meet the terms of standard zoning regulations. Applications range from requests for setbacks on residential properties to large commercial projects for which the proposed use is not permitted. After hearing applicants testimonies, the board makes a decision based on the town’s and its resident’s best interest.
“Woody’s been a friend, my mechanic,” said local resident John Harold. “I feel totally confident to drop off a vehicle, tell him what’s wrong. I get a phone call when it’s done and the price has always been fair. Quality is wonderful, I would love to have him back in town.”
Automobile service stations used to be gasoline stations with an office where people could get oil changes and car washes. Today, there are automobile service station that are gas and go operations that consist of gas only and an occasional convenience store. There is rarely a repair operation attached to the station. Repair shops have started to migrate to car dealerships because of the advanced technology of the automobiles and car warranties. However, customers at times would like to go to an auto repair station a little closer to home.
Randolph resident Timothy Woodward has operated as an automobile technician since the 70’s. He has worked for one of the local shops in Randolph on Sussex Turnpike and in Succasunna. Woodward has serviced client’s cars from Randolph, Mendham and other local areas. He contacted North Jersey development and considered relocating to the Mountain Ridge Business Park.
“Now he wants to come back home and function in Randolph,” said attorney representative, Richard T. Sweeney.
The property where Woodward would like to set up shop used to be a repair facility for the Board of Education to store school buses and other related vehicles, and he feels it is a perfect place for relocation.
The space already has bay doors that will allow vehicles to enter and exit the facility. He proposes to put in six lifts, and have a small office space to meet with customers. The staff will consist of four technicians including Woodward. The shop’s parking spaces will hold cars for clients that need service and cars that are prepared and ready for pickup. No unregistered cars or accident-damaged vehicles will be held in any of the parking spaces.
“I will not turn business down,” Woodward said when asked if he would repair anything as small as a snow blower. “I’ll look at it.”
Woodward will service automobiles, pickup trucks and on rare occasion snowmobiles. However, he does not do body work. The shop will only be to repair vehicles.
Disposable equipment and parts will be stored inside the facility in its proper container until it is recycled, which is once a week. Hours of operation will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays, and closed on Sundays.
The meeting was opened to the public and local residents had a few things to say about Woodward and his work:
“I’ve been a customer of Woody’s for 30 years and I’ve always found him to be very honest with his work,” said resident Jack Adger. “A very great diagnostician and I trust him with all my cars. I’m very glad to see that he wants to come back to Randolph. I think it would be great to have him back. I think he’s an asset.”
The Board approved the motion and Chairman, Harry Gerken was the first to welcome Woodward back to Randolph.