Sharpsburg will consider zoning issues

March 21, 1997


Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - For the second time in five months, zoning officials in the sleepy town of Sharpsburg will consider three applications from people wishing to open businesses - antique and Civil War memorabilia shops.

Allowing the businesses would not turn Sharpsburg into an antique haven, such as Funkstown, or a booming metropolis, said Richard Exline, chairman of the town's Board of Appeals.

There seem to be more requests for businesses in the past five months, but before that, there had been none for the previous seven or eight months, Exline said.


Only one of the three applications the board heard last November was turned down. It was for a pizza and sub shop in the old Kretzer's Market on Town Square.

Now the owner of that property, former mayor Ron Milburn, is asking for a special exception to allow the shop to be used to sell small antiques, high-quality crafts such as dried flower arrangements, and collectibles, such as Hummel and Denim Days figurines, he said.

Milburn would not say who would be running the shop because he doesn't want personalities to be a part of the board's decision. The shop has been vacant since last September when a video store at that 100 E. Main St. location closed.

Two Waynesboro, Pa., residents want to open a Civil War memorabilia shop in the old Osborne Funeral Home at 101 W. Main St.

Wayne S. Martz and Donald E. Stoops want to sell Civil War relics such as guns, rifles, swords, sabers, papers and books, Martz said. Martz said he'd like to open the shop by summer.

The funeral home hasn't been located in that building since December 1992, said owner Major Osborne. It is being used as a residence now.

In Sharpsburg, buildings zoned for business revert back to residential zoning if there isn't a business in the building for a year, Osborne said.

The third application is for an antique shop is at 205 W. Main St., the home of applicant Richard Smith.

Smith could not be reached for comment.

The zoning meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in Town Hall.

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