HAMPSTEAD — The developer of an industrial park to be built on the south end of town convinced the Planning and Zoning Commission Monday that a road extension they originally wanted would be nothing but trouble.
Charles Harwood of Upperco said that were he to extend the industrial park's main road to the property line, it would result in 220 feet of unused pavement leading to a dead end. He said it would attract trash and parked or abandoned cars and trucks.
"I'm prepared to dedicate this parcel to the town," Harwood said,in case the town wants to extend the road as a through road in the future.
But to have the extra 220 feet leading to a dead end would be of no use to anyone, agreed Town Manager John A. Riley.
The commission agreed to allow Harwood to keep the road to the original L shape, coming in from Route 30 and then turning 90 degrees to extend north.
The 36-acre park will be developed into several lots for saleto other developers or industries after Harwood puts in water, sewer, roads and other infrastructure.
HITTING ALL RIGHT NOTES
WESTMINSTER -- Workers at Stu's Music Shop Inc. participated ecently in educational programs sponsored by the National Association of Music Merchants.
Deborah Barron and Lorraine Dix attended the Sales Training Institute at the Marriott Inner Harbor in Baltimore.
Don Myers attended the National Management Institute in Chicago, where more than 70music store owners and managers gathered to obtain information on marketing, customer service and employee relations.
Larry Myers visited the Selmer Co. in Elkhart, Ind., to view firsthand the design andmanufacture of musical instruments.
DEMOLITION IS SOUGHT
WESTMINSTER -- The owners of the historic stone building
on Liberty Streetthat housed B's Coffee Shoppe until last March have applied for a permit to demolish the two-story structure.
Clark Schaffer, an attorney for the Farmer's Supply Co., owner of the building, filed the application July 23 with the Carroll County Bureau of Inspections, said Westminster Planning Director Tom Beyard.
However, Beyard said he expects to deny the application, probably this week, because of the historic nature of the building.
It then will be up to the City Council to review the issue and make a decision.
Beyard noted that much of the city's heritage is in its buildings, which were built in different eras and architectural styles.
A decision by the City Council on the application could take up to a year or be delayed until a historic designation can be put in place, Beyard said.
The application for demolition was filed after a prospective buyer said he mightbe interested in the property if the building could be torn down. The property has been on the market for more than a year, with an asking price of $675,000, said William B. Dulany, a trustee for Farmer's Supply Co.
Dulany said no contracts had been signed for sale of theproperty as yet.
Councilman Stephen Chapin, who is liaison to thePlanning and Zoning Commission, said he would oppose demolishing thebuilding, which he considers a landmark.
Rather, he said, the building could be restored and used in a way to maintain its history.
The building was erected in the 1800s for a local canning business, then later sold to Farmer's Supply, who closed the Liberty Street store in 1989. Later, the company's stock was sold, then the buildings and property put up for sale.
BOARD DENIES KENNELS
HAMPSTEAD -- TheBoard of Zoning Appeals has denied a request from Robert and Lisa Barrett, owners of Farraway Kennels on Lower Beckleysville Road, for the addition of 20 kennels and a grooming area.
The couple asked fora condi
tional use for the additional kennels and grooming area, plus a variance reducing the minimum distance requirements of 400 feet from the facility.
In its visit to the 11.25-acre property, the board found that it borders on the west a residential subdivision andthat more residential development is slated on the north side.
The board also found that the existing boarding and grooming facilities, established in 1965, is a nonconforming use since kennels are not allowed in the Conservation District where the property is located.
The current facilities include 16 exterior and 12 interior runs. TheBarretts propose removing the 12 interior runs and constructing a new kennel building.
The business is licensed as a Class C Kennel for 26 to 50 dogs.
The owner of an adjacent lot to the Barretts testified that the kennels are visible to his property and the dogs' barking is an invasion of privacy.
In denying the request, the board found that the proposed kennel would be closer than the old one to residential homes in the area. The barking of dogs boarded there also has adversely affected neighbors, the board said.
The variance also was denied after the board found no evidence of difficulty or unreasonable hardship in the operating of the kennel as it is.
BOARD FINES BUSINESSES