Will Nissan get OK for controversial parking garage in Greenacres?

Nissan dealership

GREENACRES — The company that’s building a Nissan dealership on Lake Worth Road will find out tonight if it will get a variance to also build a three-story parking garage, a move several neighboring residents don’t like.

The four-member Zoning Board of Adjustments and Appeals is scheduled to vote on the request at City Hall at 7 p.m.

Last July the board gave Automotive Services a variance to build a 46,764-square-foot dealership on six acres, 350-feet east of the E-3 Canal. City code states 7 acres is needed to build a dealership on the site.

But some residents who live near the planned dealership claim Automotive Services has duped the city into getting variances it doesn’t need so it won’t have to buy additional land.

“This whole thing started with a lie,” Joseph Wagner, who owns a little more than 2 acres behind the planned dealership, told The Palm Beach Post earlier this month. “They told the city they tried to get the land from me and that I turned them down, but they never tried to buy the land. We’ve been trying to sell the land for 15 years.”

Wagner said the company has made no attempt to buy his land, which has been in his family since 1949.

The developer needs the additional variance because the planned garage exceeds maximum lot coverage. Code allows for 30 percent lot coverage. Automotive Services is proposing 35.5 percent.