ZONING VARIANCE DENIED
WESTMINSTER -- A variance request by Maerk Limited of Frederick to build a free-standing pizza carryout restaurant in the Carroll Plaza Shopping Center has been denied by the county Board of Zoning Appeals.
The building, to be constructed where the abandoned Fotomat kiosk stands on Englar Road, would have been 20 feet wide by 70 feet long.
However, because Carroll Plaza is a completely developed shopping center, additional parking cannot be created on the site.
Therefore, the board decided to deny the request because the additional building would increase traffic and a demand for parking spaces while removing some of the existing space.
In addition, board members said pedestrian traffic to and from the restaurant would interfere with the movement of cars in the parking lot.
Board members also said they felt rejecting the request would not cause undue hardship on the developer.
In fact, the request appeared to be simply a matter of convenience, they said.
Members stressed they were rejecting constructing another building on the site, not the proposed business.
Thedeveloper is free to place his business in any empty space in the center, they said.
HOME CALL IS MOVING
WESTMINSTER -- Home Call Inc., a home-health agency, will move from its office in the 200 block of East Main Street to the Winchester Exchange in February.
The new tenant will mean Winchester Exchange, at 15 E. Main St., will be about 60 percent leased, owner David Max said.
Home Call will occupy 2,200 square feet on the first floor, where Peppermint Mill Farm and Quality Fast Photo were located, Max said.
Home Call offers skilled nurses, private aides, companions, therapists and other home-health workers, said employee Debbie Zepp.
The business has about 60 employees in its office here, she said. The company has nine offices in Maryland and West Virginia.
Home Call is moving because it needs more space, Zepp said.
"We are definitely growing," she said.
In another change in Winchester Exchange, Diversified Blueprint Services moved its office from a location in the main hallway to a larger space near La Strada and Locust Books.
The business moved intoWinchester Exchange last spring, owner Len Joseph said. The new office is about 600 square feet, or 50 percent larger than the previous space, he said.
His company, open for about two years, offers computerized drafting and layout work for architects and coordinates building projects for contractors and business owners, he said.
FIRM OPENS NEW STORE
ELDERSBURG -- Environmental Home Services Inc., an Environmental Protection Agency-approved radon testing and remediation contractor, has opened a store at 20 Liberty Road under the nameEnvironmental Home Center.
The store offers a retail line of energy and water conservation supplies, radon remediation supplies, environmental-friendly and recycled products and water purification systems.
The store also is an authorized Photocom dealer for Solar Electric Power Systems.
DIVIDEND TO BE PAID
WESTMINSTER -- Union National Bank has announced that a fourth-quarter dividend of 18 cents will be paid to shareholders of record as of Dec. 20.
The dividend will be payable Dec. 31.
C.P.A.S GET TAX UPDATE
WESTMINSTER -- The Mid-Maryland Chapter of the Maryland Association of C.P.A.s will have its next meeting at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 at Friendly Farm Restaurant, Route 140.
The two-hour continuing education session will begin with the annual federal and state tax update presented by C.P.A.s Kenneth W. Kirby and Jay S. Block of the MACPA Federal Tax Committee; and Ron Townsend and Eugene Thomas of the Maryland Income Tax Division.
Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will follow. Registration is $20.
Information: (410) 296-6250 or (800) 782-2036.
LICENSE CLASS OFFERED
WESTMINSTER -- Carroll Community College is offering a 12-classroom hour course, Continuing Real Estate Education for Licensees, that is approved by the Maryland State Real Estate Commission for brokers who need continuing education credit hours for license renewals.
The class will run from 6:30 to 9:45 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, Feb. 3-12, at Mount Airy Middle School, Watersville Road. Tuition is $60 and includes a text; senior fee is $24.
Topics include federal legislation affecting real estate, Maryland real property law, human relations and ethical practices, hearing rules, real estate brokerage, appraising, contracts and financing.