Westminster duplex proposals OK'd

April 19, 1994

The Westminster zoning appeals board quickly approved two zoning variances yesterday, after hearing no opposition to either request.

The board gave permission for Housing Ownership Purchase Effort Inc., a nonprofit housing agency for low-income families, to subdivide a duplex on Union Street. The subdivision was necessary so the houses can be sold separately.

The board also approved a proposal to build a duplex on a vacant lot at 136 Willis St. The 6,771-square-foot lot was slightly short of the 7,000 square feet required by city zoning law. The builder also plans to put the house slightly before the required front setback, to line it up with neighboring Willis Street properties.

Real estate sales agent Georgia Hoff, who is handling the property for owner Rebecca Orrick, declined to identify the contract purchaser.

POLICE

* Westminster: A Reisterstown resident told city police someone damaged the trunk of his auto while it was parked in the Cranberry Mall parking lot Saturday. The owner was unable to provide police with an estimate of the damage.

A resident of West Main Street told city police someone broke into his apartment Sunday and stole items. He estimated the loss at $295.

The brake light lens of an auto parked on Westminster Avenue on Sunday was broken by an unknown person, city police said. The owner estimated the damage at $100.

A Sykesville resident told city police someone destroyed the antenna of her automobile Thursday while it was parked on Union Street. The damage is estimated at $300.

An employee of the Sheets convenience store on East Main Street told city police someone pumped fuel into a vehicle Thursday and failed to pay for it. The loss is $11.25.

Six vehicles parked near Carroll Community College were broken into between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, state police reported. In each incident, one of the windows was broken. The total loss, including purses and items left on seats, was estimated at $391.

FIRE

* Westminster: Firefighters from the Westminster station responded to an auto fire on Fitzhugh Avenue at 8:07 a.m. yesterday. They were out for 25 minutes.

Engines from Westminster and Reese were dispatched to investigate a fire alarm on Washington Road at 7:20 a.m. yesterday. Units were out for five minutes.

* Reese: Reese responded to a call of wires arcing on Sykesville Road at 12:52 p.m. Sunday. Units were out for 50 minutes.

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