BMW Dealer is using Fitness Evolution Gym Parking Lot @ 720 Garden View Court, Encinitas (former Frog's gym) to store its stock.There was indeed a number of new BMWs filling the east side of the parking lot. 720 Garden View is reportedly owned by a well-known, politically connected developer, which could account for the lack of city action.
Filed a complaint with the City on Sept 18, given the run around...
Code Enforcement says its been bumped up to Planning. Its been over a month. Planning is unresponsive.
Investigating further, we found another surreptitious stockyard: the old Re/Max office parking lot east of Brett's BBQ on Encinitas Boulevard had been converted into BMW storage.
Is it against city code to use retail and office parking lots to store dealer inventory? We don't know, but as the city seems to have a rule and require a permit for just about everything businesses or residents want to do, we suspect there's a code against this.
Now this in the Coast News:
The city of Encinitas has come down hard on a local car dealership that constructed an overflow inventory lot on a vacant lot in New Encinitas over the Thanksgiving weekend without city permission.
The city issued a stop-work order and seven citations this week to Encinitas BMW, which put up the parking lot over Thanksgiving weekend, prompting residents along Quail Gardens Drive, who questioned whether a car lot could legally be constructed on the land, to complain to local officials.
City staff quickly validated neighbors concerns: the dealership constructed the lot without any city permits.
“Doing so was in violation of a lot of regulations,” acting planning director Manjeet Ranu wrote in an email to city officials. “What BMW of Encinitas did is unacceptable. Staff’s approach will be very strong to compel compliance and remediation.”
As of Thursday morning, Encinitas BMW had removed the cars from the property.