Board of Zoning Appeals will hold a public hearing at its next meeting on a
variance which would permit the construction of a duplex on a lot zoned B-2
at 126 W. Porter Ave.
The petitioner for
the variance is the Estate of Keith Pomeroy, attorney Greg Babcock told the
BZA at its meeting Thursday night, who on his death left a single-family
home on the lot sorely in need of repair.
“The home was built
in the 1880s and later added on to,” Babcock said. “But it’s not in good
condition and would be very expensive to fix.”
accordingly, is to demolish the home and build a duplex on the site. The
site, however, like the rest of the neighborhood, is zoned B-2, although to
Babcock’s knowledge the home has never been used commercially.
Babcock noted that
the north-south alley which runs from Park Ave. and dead-ends at the old
fabric shop on West Porter Ave. has historically been the line of
demarcation separating residential from commercial in that neighborhood:
east of the alley, commercial (today Lucrezia’s and Details Dry Cleaning,
for instance); west of the alley, residential, typically duplexes.
Babcock did say
that the duplex would feature attached garages, a rarity in that
neighborhood. “We’re making some choices to make it more attractive. We can
probably get a pretty good rental there.”
Member Fred Owens,
for his part, observed that most of the fill-in residential properties being
built right now in town are duplexes and specifically expressed his
preference for a single-family home on the lot. “Why not build an R-1
house?” he asked Babcock. “It’s a good-sized lot.”
replied, it’s a duplex neighborhood. “It would be the most expensive
property on that block,” he said. “I just don’t think that’s what we want to
accomplish in that particular setting.”
unanimously to hold a public hearing on the petition at its next meeting,
Thursday, Feb. 28.
In other business,
members voted unanimously to hold a public hearing at its next meeting on
the petition of Daniel and Erin Woods for two variances which would permit
the construction of an accessory structure--a detached cedar shelter--on the
patio of their home at 2008 Terreno Drive in Stone Meadows.
The first would
allow a 5 percent increase in maximum lot coverage, from 30 percent to 35
percent. The second would allow the accessory structure to be closer to the
house than the minimum 10 feet.
voted unanimously to continue a preliminary hearing on the petition of
BenLew Enterprises LLC for a variance to permit the residential use of the
third floor of the old Bell Manor building, zoned B-2, at 442 N. Calumet
On Thursday Brian
Lewandowski of BenLew submitted drawings to the board for four units: one
studio apartment and three one-bedroom apartments.
But members want
Lewandowski and his partner, Brandon Bennett, to consult with Fire Chief
John Jarka and Building Commissioner Mark O’Dell about the legalities of
converting the space to residential before they schedule a public hearing on