CORNELIUS – Rick Zoerb’s plans to more than double the size of his Hyundai dealership on Interstate 77 just south of Catawba Avenue won the approval of Cornelius commissioners Monday night, May 2.

Zoerb operates Lake Norman Hyundai on 2.7 acres at 20520 Chartwell Center Drive, and currently, the dealership does all its vehicle maintenance work at a leased facility less than a mile away from the dealership. Zoerb wants to build a 10,000-square-foot service facility with 10 service bays to shift all maintenance and repair work to the dealership. The town board had to amend the conditional use permit first approved when the dealership opened.

With the expansion, the building size will grow to 16,873 square feet, and some commissioners asked if the dealership would have adequate parking. Town staff members said Zoerb attempted unsuccessfully to buy additional land to make the expansion easier.

Even without more land, the expansion will eliminate only 13 parking places, according to town documents, and a traffic study found little additional impact on traffic, since dealership employees will no longer need to drive vehicles from the dealership to the leased maintenance facility.

“We’re glad you’re successful,” Commissioner Chuck Bensman said. “It’s been a long time since we’ve had a (building) project. God bless you.”

“We wish we could clone you about 10 times,” Mayor Jeff Tarte added.