Auto restorer withdraws appeal of zoning violations

August 08, 1996|By S. Mitra Kalita | S. Mitra Kalita,SUN STAFF

The owner of a Browns Woods auto restoration shop has withdrawn his appeal of three zoning violations and says he's taking part of the business elsewhere to comply with regulations and ease neighborhood tensions.

William R. Klamon told the county Board of Appeals Tuesday night that he had purchased a site in Caroline County for long-term restorations and work for insurance companies.

The existing garage on Mountain Laurel Lane will continue doing restorations that take less than 30 days.

Department of Planning and Zoning officials cited Klamon in February for using excess land in front of the shop, keeping vehicles awaiting repair for more than 30 days and not registering all vehicles and their owners in a log. They also said Klamon, who delivers expert testimony in legal disputes, could not store vehicles for the insurance companies that hire him to testify.

Klamon has 60 days to comply with regulations, zoning officials said.

Neighbors of the shop -- known simply as The Garage -- have complained for nearly a decade that it does not belong in their waterfront neighborhood and has not met the operating standards of its permit.

The site had been used commercially before 1952, the year zoning ordinances took effect, enabling Klamon to secure a permit to operate in a residential area.

The new garage is in a former oyster company plant on industrially zoned land in Ridgely, about 30 miles east of Annapolis.

Although running two garages will be more expensive and time-consuming, Klamon said battling with zoning officials and neighbors just wasn't worth it.

"It has become clear to me that there are no steps to take, no money to spend, that will satisfy some neighbors," he said.

Pub Date: 8/08/96

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