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BZA approves relocation for Action Staffing

By DARREL RADFORD - dradford@thecouriertimes.com

Once home to a bank branch, a gun store and a cosmetics shop, a vacant office building on South 14th Street in New Castle will have new life soon, thanks to action Thursday by the city Board of Zoning Appeals.

The board unanimously approved a request from Darren L. Coy, a resident in the 4200 block of Prairie Road, New Castle, to grant an exception to operate the Action Staffing Inc. employment agency in the vacant building at 3130 S. 14th St. 

Current zoning in the area is R1 for single family residential.

Action Staffing Inc. has been on South Memorial Drive the past 12 years.

“We’re relocating it closer to WorkForce One,” Coy said after the meeting.

Coy and his wife, Diana – both New Castle Chrysler High School graduates – have plans to be in the building April 23 and are planning an open house for the community some time in June.

“The business is a temporary employment agency,” Coy explained. “Temporary is kind of misleading because we’ve had the same employees for the past 12 years at the same location.”

“We do direct staffing, temporary staffing and full-time placement,” Diana Coy added. “We do mostly clerical and manufacturing but we do have 32 full-time positions that we place at GEO and when the prison privatized, we were one of the people in their umbrella.”

Maintenance and clerical staff positions make up a majority of the temporary vacancies filled by Action Staffing, according to the Coys.

In the only other item of business during the short meeting, the board also voted 4-0 in favor of a variance request by James and Cindy Eldridge.

They want to add an 18-by-30-foot carport-type detached garage.

The issues with their request included:

• exceeding the size allowed by city ordinance;

• exceeding the number of utility structures allowed by city ordinance, since they want to keep an existing utility shed; and

• failing to have official information letters sent to all neighbors affected.

Five notices were sent by the couple but one was accidentally omitted.

Zoning officials explained to the couple they could go ahead and proceed but if the one neighbor not receiving a letter had issues with their plans, the variance would be voided and they would have to start the process over again.