Zoning exceptions OK'd for Mount Airy projects SOUTHWEST -- Mount Airy * Woodbine * Taylorsville * Winfield

April 30, 1993|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

The Mount Airy Board of Appeals has granted specia exceptions for three projects -- a gas station and tourism center off Route 27, a day care center and an elderly housing complex.

Special exceptions were required for the day care center and 30-unit elderly housing project to locate in residential areas. The gas station and tourism center required a special exception to locate in a community commercial zone, town officials said.

Town planners and the Planning and Zoning Commission recommended granting the special exceptions. All three projects will return to the planning commission for site plan approval, said Teresa Bamberger, the town planner.

The board granted the special exceptions Wednesday.

Traffic studies will be sought for Ridge Avenue because of residents' concerns about locating a day care center on a heavily traveled road, town officials said.

Bill and Trudy Hauptman have proposed operating a day care in an existing building on that road. The couple plans to redesign for a 3,600-to 3,800-square-foot facility that also would offer summer programs and pre-arranged drop-in service.

The couple now runs a day care center in their Frederick County home.

The new center would be within town limits on the Carroll County side.

Several residents who attended the board of appeals meeting endorsed the day care project.

Michael B. Berman, president of Wildwood Park Inc., has proposed building a 30-unit elderly housing development on a four-acre tract also on Ridge Avenue, near the day care center and the Carroll County senior citizen center and public library.

He told the planning commission earlier this week that the development would contain single-story attached and detached houses ranging in price from $60,000 to $70,000. Some of the homes would have attached garages, and all would be handicapped accessible, he said.

Mr. Berman's project is the first to come before town officials since the Town Council amended the zoning ordinance several months ago to allow senior housing as a special exception in residential areas. The ordinance previously didn't mention senior housing.

Resident Oscar Baker said the town needs elderly housing.

Ewing Oil Co. has proposed building a gas station -- which also would serve as a tourism center for Carroll, Frederick, Howard and Montgomery counties through a public-private venture -- on the proposed extension of East Ridgeville Boulevard off Route 27.

Town officials have sought the private-public venture to promote tourism in the southwestern portion of the county.

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