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Calanni Auto Service Denied Request to Add Parking Spaces

In his application to the city, he said that a restriction would “effectively put (him) out of business.”

A Lakewood businessman was denied a request to add a few more parking spaces to his Madison Avenue auto repair shop.

That ruling by the , came after a court battle earlier this year between the city and Charles Calanni over the number of cars he’s allowed to have parked in front of the business.

Calanni, who owns , at 13728 Madison Ave., applied for a redesign of his parking lot with the city’s architectural board of review.

His request was denied.

City inspectors have reported that there are often more than a dozen vehicles parked in front of the business — despite only allowing eight.

Calanni was found guilty of failure to comply in in April 2011 for having too many cars parked in front of the business. His .

Calanni, who has owned the business since 1979, told Lakewood Patch on Thursday that he doesn’t agree with the city’s assertion that agreed in 1984 to limit the number of cars in his lot to eight.

“I think it’s strange that they produce this document from 1984,” he said. “They didn’t have a problem for all these years and now they’ve got a problem.”

In his application to the city, Calanni argued that he doesn’t need to comply with city ordinance because he believes the business is “grandfathered in.”

He also claimed that if reduced to eight parking spaces, the restriction would “effectively put (him) out of business.”

In December 2010, after “continued non-compliance,” the city issued Calanni a citation for “failure to comply with building violations” in violation of Lakewood Codified Ordinances 1306.99, according to court records.

Silvia Weber August 22, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Dear WeberisAnnoying, Ouch! Ouch! That really hurts!! On second thought, no it doesn't, coming from someone who won't use their real name. Usually someone who hides their real identity is also hiding something else. Grow some balls and tell us who you are before you make statements like this.
LakewoodGirl August 28, 2012 at 03:44 PM
My husband and I have put lots of money into our vehicles lately at Callani's. We have found that he is reliable in fixing the vehicles and can beat many of the local prices. We have formed a good relationship with him and know he does the best he can with a small family business. If costs go up when you go back and you are upset about his, you probably need a reality check in the auto service business.. Because this happens everywhere. Mechanics would risk their reputation even more if they let you drive away an unsafe car. If you don't want any surprises, say so in the beginning. Otherwise, it is just normal practice, even at national chains. And for his dogs? They are very friendly and energetic. They are well trained and I see employees petting them and rewarding them on their down time. They aren't abused. This local thriving business is abused. People are so quick to attack people they don't know or understand. It is a shame.
The original Bill August 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
LakewoodGirl that is blatantly untrue. I have been using Ralph's Sunoco for over 25 years and not once, I repeat not once has he ever charged me more than the estimate. So it does not happen everywhere.
Silvia Weber August 30, 2012 at 12:34 AM
Need a good, honest, professional, small, family-run auto mechanic? Try Capiccioni's Marathon at 14001 Lakewood Heights Blvd. They do excellent work for a fair price. Capiccioni's has serviced our vehicles and several of our friends vehicles for years. Their shop is clean and neat. No junk parts laying in his parking lot, no used lawn mowers littering the entrance to his service bays. No chained dogs that need to be rescued. Capiccioni's performs all work inside his service bays. It is illegal to perform work outside of service bays. His property is not parked up with the same cars for weeks, months, or years. And you don't have to tell Capiccioni that you don't want to be surprised when you get your bill.
James G. Walsh October 18, 2012 at 12:52 PM
This guy is a classic "smile in your face while he picks your pocket" BUM. As slick an operator as you'll ever meet. Talks a real sincere/ regular guy kind of game to keep you on his hook. He'll make every attempt to take your last dime while whining to you about how times are so hard for him. He's a master at overpricing his work, doing temporary fixes that put you on a trail for repeat work, "holding" onto your car while he "figures some things out". He essentially holds your car hostage until you pay his over-inflated and unexpected bill. A REAL CON MAN.

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