The Washington County Board of Zoning Appeals voted 4-1 Wednesday to reject a special exception required for a billiards parlor and restaurant proposed for York Road on Halfway Boulevard.
The majority of the board sided with nearby residents, who had testified against the billiards parlor plan at a hearing two weeks ago. Opponents said their top concern was about plans to serve alcohol.
Hagerstown Billiards Inc., co-owned by brothers Jason and Gary Carbaugh, had applied for the special exception for a building known as The Village, which has housed an amateur radio shop and a piece goods shop.
The billiards parlor would have had 20 Brunswick Gold Crown pool tables. Food and beer would have been served.
The Carbaughs had said they wanted to attract families.
Chairman Harold Boyer voted to grant an exception for the project. Boyer said people's fears about a pool hall were not justified. Boyer said billiards has gone upscale and no longer is associated with "rowdyism" or "Wild West saloons."