Hearing set on city rule

June 13, 1993|By Staff report

A Circuit Court judge has set a hearing for next month to rul on an Annapolis city code requirement that seven City Council members approve the expansion of Buddy's Crabs and Ribs.

Judge Eugene M. Lerner has scheduled a hearing for July 8 to decide on the constitutionality of the requirement that three-fourths of the nine-member City Council must approve such an expansion if 20 percent of the property owners within 200 feet object.

If there is no objection, approval of only five members is required.

Harvey Blonder, proprietor of Buddy's Crabs and Ribs at 100 Main St., filed suit Friday. He claims the rule is vague and susceptible to discrimination in how it is interpreted.

Several dozen downtown residents have petitioned city officials to reject the plan.

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