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Friday, 11 September 2015 15:39

Auto Body Shop in SC Wants to Expand into Neighborhood

Jimmie Johnson has nothing but kind words for Terry Peardon, who moved his auto body business next to her home on South Main Street a few months ago.

“He passed out watermelons to the whole neighborhood,” Johnson said.


Walter Willingham of Anderson has complained to city officials about a nearby business, Anderson Body Shop and Restoration, which wants to expand into his neighborhood on Nardin Avenue.

Ken Ruinard


Betty Kay, who lives on the other side of the South Main Street, praised Peardon for helping her daughter after a recent wreck, including finding the truck that hit her and left the scene.

“This man don’t bother nobody,” she said.

But Walter Willingham, who lives behind Anderson Body Shop and Restoration on Nardin Avenue, says the business has turned his life into a “living hell.”

In a letter that he submitted to officials with the city of Anderson, Willingham said contaminated water has drained onto his property from the business. He also said there has been “excessive noise at all hours of the night” from loud engines, tools and radios.

Willingham’s letter came in response to a rezoning request that Peardon has submitted. He wants to expand his business onto a lot on Nardin Avenue that he recently purchased for $250 from the Anderson County Forfeited Land Commission. Peardon has cut down overgrown vegetation on the lot and partially demolished a home on the property, which he is seeking to rezone from residential to commercial.

“I am trying to improve this neighborhood,” said Peardon, who bought three other nearby lots this summer from the Forfeited Land Commission, property records show. He said he plans to plant grass on each of the parcels.Responding to Willingham’s complaints, Peardon said the only water that drains off his business is from washing cars and he denied that there excessive noise at night.

Peardon said he wants to build an 18-foot high fence along the lot on Nardin Avenue behind his business. He said the land would be used as a storage area for vehicles.

Willingham said he doesn’t want to see Peardon’s business expand.

“This is a neighborhood,” he said in an interview. “We want to leave it a residential area.”Willingham was among about 20 people who showed up at a city Planning Commission meeting last week to oppose the rezone request. The commission voted unanimously to approve a staff recommendation to deny the request because of the “negative effect the commercial intrusion will have on this residential block.”

Peardon said he will take his request to the City Council for consideration on Sept. 14.

Councilman Tony Stewart, whose district includes Anderson Auto Body and Restoration, said he opposes Peardon’s proposal to expand the business into a neighborhood.

“I think it is a bad fit for the area,” he said.

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