A longtime fan of big boats and snazzy motor vehicles is looking to expand his interest by purchasing a 16-acre tract of land in Oviedo to set up an RV and boat storage facility.
Hank Wilken wants to add to the two auto mechanic shops he has in Oviedo by putting in a storage area for up to 300 boats and RVs, including Keystone Cougar and Coleman RVs and Axopar and Big "O" Bass boats, among other big vehicles with hopped-up engines. The facilities would all be within four miles of each other, he told GrowthSpotter on Tuesday.
Wilken has 15.83 acres under contract for about $575,000, he said. The property, currently grazing land, is located on Slavia Road, west of and contiguous to S.R. 417.
To be named Oviedo RV & Boat Storage, Wilken will take his proposal for the boat and RV site to Seminole County planners on Wednesday, seeking to change the land's agricultural zoning to Planned Development for vehicle storage.
The land is made up of two-and-a-half parcels owned by the Jakubcin family, property records show. The Jakubcins have owned property in the area for decades.
Wilken has a longtime automotive presence in Oviedo, operating Autotronicsat 174 E. Mitchell Hammock Road for the past quarter century, and Tesinsky Automotive Repair at 2385 W. S.R. 426 for the past five years.
To Wilken, the new yard will help, in part, to ease the crowding he is seeing at his two auto repair shops, which "are full of" boats and RVs he said. "I will be about one-third filled up just from what I already have at my shops."
Wilken is looking for "a sign (from planners) that this can be a go," he said.
Seminole planners have already weighed in with their comments, and Wilken appears to have some work to do before he receives their nod.
Questions about buffers, fencing and assurances that no vehicles or boats will be sold, displayed or offered for sale on-site are being asked. Comments about wetlands, signage, parking, the sales office's location and hours of operation have also been noted.
The matters will have to be cleared up before a rezoning is to occur.
Wilken's engineer is JR Ball of JRB Civil, LLC, who is leading the preparatory work. "Can we do what they want? At this point, not in total," Ball said. "Primarily there are environmental constraints that need to be overcome, and we expect to do so."
Once approved, Wilken plans to clear the site and lay down rock using a Bobcat land mover. He figures that work will take about a month.