Zoning change approved for cinema owner

June 28, 1996|By Erica C. Harrington | Erica C. Harrington,SUN STAFF

The Howard County Zoning Board gave the owners of Columbia Palace 9 Cinemas a zoning change Wednesday night that would allow them to use part of their land for other retail businesses.

In a 4-0 vote, the board, which is made up of County Council members, allowed 3.4 acres of the 11.1-acre lot at Route 108 and Centre Park Drive in Long Reach village to be changed from a light manufacturing designation to local business.

The new designation will allow more options for the types of retail businesses that can occupy a 2,900-square-foot building the Columbia Palace Limited Partnership plans to erect on the lot.

No tenant or use has been chosen for that space.

The property already is home to five restaurants, a chiropractor's office, dry cleaner, barber, mattress store and mailing service, in addition to the movie theaters.

But the 1993 Comprehensive Zoning Plan restricted the retail businesses allowed, saying they must be related to manufacturing at the same site.

Pub Date: 6/28/96

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