Nearby residents were worried that the business would use Harrison and Wright Streets and a nearby vacant lot to park cars. They were also concerned about the appearance of the business and the hours it would operate.
"This is not a retail business," Hermes said. "We don't have people coming and going. We'll probably have no more than three or four employees at a time" using the parking, he said.
He said he expected to have about 15 cars in the shop at once and that the building would house all of those. Hermes also said that the shop would operate at night but only to bring cars in and out, not to do repairs.
"Our business is not to wake people up," he said.
In other business during its meeting on Monday, the board approved two separate multiunit residences and an addition to a funeral home.
The board approved a variance allowing Dan Marrazzo of Morrisville to build the Manor Park Townhouse, a four-unit apartment building on Ohio Avenue near Hill Avenue.
After receiving a continuance at the last meeting of the board, Marrazzo returned with revised plans providing the required 30-foot setback from the front street, a buffer of plants in front of the property and only four units, rather than the five he had earlier proposed.
The board approved the variance in a 2-1 vote, with Harry Tittermary voting against the petition.
The board also granted a variance to Harrison Bresnen to change a single- family home at Union and Washington Streets into two apartments. At the same time, Bresnen withdrew his request for a variance to use a garage on the lot as an efficiency apartment.
In its final action, the board granted a variance to Peter J. Soltis, owner of the J. Allen Hooper Funeral Home on West Trenton Avenue, to build an addition.
The variance was needed to allow Soltis to build a 2,800-square-foot addition that connects the main part of the funeral home with a garage that is only six feet from the side property line.