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Concrete plant plan a concern for Plano auto dealer

Tom Dempsey, owner of the Dempsey Dodge, Chrysler and Jeep dealership on Route 34 at Needham Road, addressed Plano City Council members Monday about a concrete processing plant that may be reopened near his business.

A former plant that had been operating some time ago on the corner of Route 34 and Needham, west of Dempsey’s car dealership, caused Dempsey problems at that time, he told council members. The current property owner is proposing a larger plant now, Dempsey said.

He said concrete dust was always blowing onto his vehicles.

Dempsey, who has had his car dealership at its current location for 25 years, said his typical inventory is 200 new vehicles and 100 used vehicles, and with employee vehicles and others in for service, there are usually up to 500 vehicles on the lot every day.

He said the previous plant owner purchased a water truck he used to help control the dust from the plant, but it was of little help. The dust was blowing on his vehicles at least nine months of every year, Dempsey said.

He said it took him a full day just to keep the used cars clean when the other plant was operating.

“If I have three people washing 100 cars a day, it costs me $45 an hour or $400 a day to keep them clean,” he said.

He said he can put them through the car wash, but the material from the plant is hard and coarse and often scratches the cars.

“No one wants to buy a new or nearly new used car full of scratches,” he said.

And he noted that his dealership and the concrete plant both have their entrances on Needham Road, which will require frequent repairs because of the size and weight of the concrete trucks constantly driving on it.

“My concern is that dealing with this every day will be a major interruption to my business, and will affect the value of my business and property. No one should have to deal with this every day,” Dempsey said.

The issue was also on the agenda for the council’s Committee of the Whole meeting, which followed the council meeting. However, items are placed on this agenda only for discussion. No action can be taken at the meeting.

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