CITY HALL — Faced with what he called one of his most difficult decisions as a Design Review Board member, chairman Vartan Gharpetian led the board Thursday in denying a proposed Bob Smith Toyota expansion project until neighborhood concerns are resolved .
The board directed the Foothill Boulevard dealership to meet with residents who oppose the project to work out a compromise and return with a third and final pitch for board approval on Nov. 8.
About a dozen residents who live south of the property chided the business’ proposed three-story dealership structure.
They lamented the threat posed by the project to their mountain views and cited long-standing tense relations with the business.
“My family life has been miserable because of the Toyota dealership,” said Vartkes Alaverdian, a 14-year resident of Mary Street who lives directly behind the business.