Pawnshop owner can't sell ideas Glen Burnie panel balks at suggested changes

April 03, 1996|By Consella A. Lee | Consella A. Lee,SUN STAFF

It seems that no matter what changes Gennadiy Binder would make at his Rush & Deal Pawn Shop on Crain Highway, he won't please the members of the Glen Burnie Town Center Committee.

Yesterday, Mr. Binder and his lawyer, David Agatstein, told committee members that Mr. Binder would convert his pawnshop into Metro Exchange, a store that would buy, trade and sell gold, electronics and jewelry.

They also told the committee at a meeting at Arundel Center North that Mr. Binder would paint green the gray metal security shades that cover the front of the building at 4 Crain Highway S.W. every night.

No matter, committee members said, the shades could be any color and they still would look tacky. The shades make the business look "like a prison of some sort," said County Councilman James "Ed" DeGrange, a committee member.

"I can tell you the community is not going to be happy with it whether its green, pink, blue or whatever," said the Glen Burnie Democrat.

Mr. Binder said county officials told him in November that he could operate a pawnshop in the C-3 zoned area around Crain Highway and Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard. He opened the store Feb. 1, but the county told him a few days later that a pawnshop could not operate there and that pawnshops are permitted only in C-4 districts, he said.

"It was a series of mistakes and, unfortunately, the government is not bound by the mistakes of its agency, so that's why we're here today," said Mr. Agatstein outside the town center meeting.

Mr. Binder said he invested $50,000 in the pawnshop and paid $2,500 for the metal shades. He took out a two-year lease on the space, the former home of a trophy business.

Mr. Agatstein said his client is willing to work with the town center committee, which has final say over new businesses in the district. But he appeared frustrated as Mr. DeGrange pressed him about the shades. "You will not accept Mr. Binder's business no matter what he does," Mr. Agatstein said. "This is what it sounds like you're saying to me."

Mr. Binder said he would give up his state pawnshop license if the committee approves the changes to his business.

He and his lawyer will appear again before the committee to try to iron out the matter. Meanwhile, the county is allowing the pawnshop to remain open, Mr. Agatstein said.

The town center committee will meet again at 4 p.m. April 30.

Pub Date: 4/03/96

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