SYKESVILLE - After several delays, work on transforming the town's historic train depot into a Victorian-style restaurant is scheduled to begin tomorrow.
Last week, town administrators and the restaurant developers signed an agreement for a $180,000 state loan the town received for the project, said Town Manager James Schumacher.
The project was stalled recently as the town and the developers -- Charles Cullum and Jack Saum -- reworked terms for the loan, which was granted to Sykesville in July from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development.
Earlier, Cullum and Saum had agreed that their corporation would be responsible for the loan in the event of default. But on the eve of the original October closing date, the Town Council sought a personal guaranty as well.
The revised agreement signed by Cullum and Saum contains a limited personal guaranty, Schumacher said.
The developers plan to open the restaurant, called Baldwin's, in March.
Cullum and Saum signed a 25-year lease to rent the 106-year-old building from the town for $500 a month or 2 percent of gross sales, whichever is greater.
ANTIQUE SHOP APPROVED
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a request from Joseph H. and June E. Ray for a conditional use for an antique shop at 3921 Poole Road, Finksburg.
The Rays, who had applied to the board in 1977 for a conditional use for a garden supply center, re-applied to turn an existing building on the property into an antique shop, in place of the garden center.
The board approved the request following Joseph Ray's testimony that the shop would be operated as a low-key family enterprise and unlikely to generate much vehicular traffic.
Finding that the antique shop would not unduly affect adjoining properties, the board approved the shop on the condition that any exterior lighting would be shielded to prevent visibility from adjacent properties or roads.