Kenilworth Borough Council Responds to Complaints about a Residential Auto Shop

The Council said they are aware of the issue and are looking into it. Credits: Leah Scalzadonna

KENILWORTH, NJ – Kenilworth citizens appeared before the Borough Council at Wednesday night’s meeting to voice complaints and concerns about a residential auto shop.

Two neighbors, who wished to remain anonymous, claim a resident is running an auto shop out of his or her front driveway on Commonwealth Road. The neighbors said that cars race up and down the street at all hours and create a disturbing amount of noise.

“We are aware of it,” Mayor Anthony DeLuca said. “I live right there, I hear it. You cannot have an auto shop business in an R1 residential zone. That’s illegal.”

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DeLuca encouraged the neighbors to call the police if they are being disturbed by the noise or witnessing illegal activity. One neighbor said that her car was stolen from her driveway, but the Kenilworth Police recovered it. Another neighbor said that a noise complaint she filed was never acted upon.

Police Chief John Zimmerman, who attended the meeting, took down the date and time of the noise complaint and said he would look into it. He also said that the police are aware of the auto shop, but that it is primarily a zoning issue.

“It’s more of a zoning issue than a police issue,” Zimmerman said. “We’re aware of it and we’re going to keep an eye on the area. There was a stolen car there, like the lady said, so we’re doing our end, but we can’t stop it. An auto shop in a house is a zoning issue. We’ll all work together to reach an amicable situation, hopefully.”

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