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Sharpsburg antique shops are approved

March 26, 1997

By BRENDAN KIRBY

Staff Writer

SHARPSBURG - The Board of Zoning Appeals Tuesday voted unanimously to approve zoning exceptions that would allow three antique shops to open in town.

The three proposed stores are:

  • An antique shop in a shed behind 205 W. Main St., the home of Richard Smith. The store will sell late 19th-century and 20th-century English and Scottish art, figurines and pottery, Smith said. It will be open Thursday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment.
  • A Civil War memorabilia shop in the old Osborne Funeral Home at 101 W. Main Street. Proprietors Wayne S. Martz and Donald E. Stoops said they will sell antique guns, books and relics. It will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Stoops said.
  • A shop that will sell "high quality" crafts, small antiques and collectibles. The store will operate at 100 E. Main St., home of a former video store, and will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the week with shorter weekend hours, said property owner Ronald. L. Milburn.


The appeals board quickly approved the special exceptions. Residents who attended the meeting did not express opposition to the proposals.

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Milburn, a former mayor of the town, clashed with the appeals board last November when he attempted to win approval for an exception that would allow a pizza shop to open in the building.

"It's a relief," said Milburn, who added that his mother will run the new store.

Milburn also spoke in favor of the other two proposals. The Planning and Zoning Commission objected to Smith's proposal because of concerns that it did not accommodate disabled people or provide off-street parking.

But Milburn said it will "add character, add class" to the town. He also said parking will not be a concern because it will not be open at night.

"It is a first-class operation. They have done a fabulous job of restoration," he said. "It's stuff you won't find in Wal-Mart or Kmart."

Sharpsburg is known for its small-town atmosphere and Zoning Appeals Board Chairman Richard Exline said it is rare to have three zoning requests at once - especially for businesses of the same type.

"It goes in spurts," he said. "I guess spring fever brings some out."

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