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City Says School Buses Must Move

The owner of Pleasant Auto Center is applying for a special permit so the school buses can be parked on her business property.

The third time might not be the charm for H&L Bloom and its quest to park the Attleboro school district buses during off-hours. The city issued a violation notice this week to , informing the owner Cynthia Karol that the property was not zoned for bus parking and that the 35 vehicles must be removed.

Karol told Attleboro Patch on Thursday that she would apply for a special permit so the buses could stay there.

The notice, which was written by Local Inspector Fred Bray, warns Karol she had 30 days to remove the buses from the location at 676 Pleasant Street. Failure to abide by the order could lead to fines of $100 per day.

"It all came about suddenly," said Karol, whose agreement with Bloom for the bus parking began Tuesday, the same day the violation notice was issued. "My attorney is applying for a special permit to keep them there."

Karol said the process involves lots of paper work and her attorney would have the application submitted to City Hall by early next week.

It has been a difficult few months for Bloom, which recently renewed its bus contract with the district, to find a place to park the vehicles. The city forced them off  and later  on Olive Street because of environmental concerns.

Bloom did not immediately return a message left by Patch on Thursday.

Noting that for many years, the buses were parked on an adjacent property, Karol said she believes her business is a good location for the vehicles.

"I hope it will work here, but we'll have to let due process take its course and see what happens," she said.

Reason September 07, 2012 at 11:43 AM
http://www.cityofattleboro.us/planning/pdf/zoning.pdf According to this Attleboro zoning map everything on the north and south side of Pleasant street east of Lindsey street is zoned residential. The Pleasant Auto property has been operating a business in a residential zoned area without notice of the city for many years. Perhaps instead of threatening and obstructing business the city could step in and help.
Nelson Almeida September 07, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Nothing like personal interests. So sad. Let's give the bus company a hard time with parking buses in a location so bus drivers can get to them easily to transport kids.
Chris September 07, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Let's make things more stressful for the poor drivers in the first week of driving! The drivers finally have a Parking lot they can get in and out of easily, where they don't have to walk through mud or puddles up to their ankles and the city wants to take it from them?!?! Not to mention for as long as I can remember that lot was home to a Jeep dealership.... That's not residential now is it? Give Bloom a break, if not for the company, at least for the dedicated drivers who take these kids to school safely everyday!!
Gretchen Robinson September 07, 2012 at 06:17 PM
Cindy Karol is a community gem. Thanks Cindy!! Those busses need to go somewhere and yours is an accessible lot. On a snowy day, that's important. Cindy may your business grow and prosper!! You are the kind of business person I like and respect because of your concern for the whole community.
Wayne Lacroix September 08, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Are you kidding me !!!!!! Why does the city continue to create problems for itself? Something smells fishy here.The Pleasant Auto Center lot is a perfect spot to park those busses during off-hours...
blueskies September 08, 2012 at 09:30 AM
Totally agree with Gretchen on this one..Cindy is a real class act.
blueskies September 08, 2012 at 09:34 AM
Pleasant street is residential? Better not tell the bank, cvs, mcdonalds or any of the other businesses. Now the HS lot was residential
Steven Scott September 08, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Unbelievable !! What's wrong with parking in a PARKING LOT ?? Let's see what we can do to run this business out of town along with the others!!
Reason September 08, 2012 at 05:19 PM
West of Linsey is zoned general business though there is a credit union in the residential zoned area.
Shee G September 08, 2012 at 07:01 PM
As many care in a "Google Search" / Bloom you will know more, from others reviews! GOOD LUCK town of Attleboro! Etc. "Law is Law" and it must be followed by EVERYONE! Much seems down-trodden on Blooms in public reading....Etc. This LOT in my opinion seems PERFECT, big and roomy!
paul September 09, 2012 at 10:35 AM
Agree with Gretchen, the city should be thanking Cindy Carol not warning her with a $100.00 fine threat per day.
paul September 09, 2012 at 10:56 AM
City Hall is a joke! Who's running the show in there? What does the Mayor have to say about this? A list of suitable, legal lots to park in should have been provided to Bloom from the begining. A lot is a lot, this stroy reminds me of the guy who can't sell corn anymore in North Attleboro after 17yrs, if he does it's $100.00 per day.
F September 09, 2012 at 01:46 PM
You can be sure that in some sneaky way the Mayor is involved. If you're not on the list of "goody people" , than behind the scenes, the Mayor finds ways to harass you.

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