The city council Monday approved a zoning change needed for Braman Honda to build a car-storage lot on the site of the Bohemian Garden restaurant on Lake Worth Road.
The council unanimously approved the change on first reading to commercial intensive from commercial general, following recommendations of the city’s staff and the planning commission.
A public hearing and final vote is scheduled for June 3.
The city’s staff is reviewing the site plan for the car-storage lot. If the plans are approved, the company hopes to bulldoze the restaurant building at 5400 Lake Worth Road and build the lot by the end of this year, said Mike Rodriguez, general manager of Braman Honda.
The car dealership is leasing space from the Palm Beach County School District to store about 80 cars at L.C. Swain Middle School.
Developing northern part of the 4.3-acre lot as planned would create enough space for 167 cars. Paving the southern section of the lot in a future a second phase would add enough space for another 145 cars.
The site plan calls for trees and shrubs to be planted around the perimeter of the lot. Trees displaced by the car lot would be moved to a preserve on the southeastern part of the property.
The plan calls for planting royal palm trees along the north side of the property facing Lake Worth Road. Braman Honda has proposed building a berm with trees, shrubs and a fence along the west side of the lot — instead of the 6-foot wall called for in the city’s code — to separate the lot from the Mas Verde mobile home park.
Rodriguez said only Braman Honda employees, not customers, will have access to the storage lot, which would be protected by a gate, fences and monitored security cameras.