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Owner of Corner Pub seeks to create separate dining area

February 20, 2001

Owner of Corner Pub seeks to create separate dining area



By DAN KULIN / Staff Writer


The fate of a rezoning request, which would allow the owner of the Corner Pub in downtown Hagerstown to expand and open a separate dining area, remains unclear.

During a City Council meeting Tuesday, Councilman J. Wallace McClure said he'd support the rezoning, Councilman William M. Breichner said he'd oppose the rezoning, and Councilmen Alfred W. Boyer and Lewis C. Metzner said they were undecided, although Metzner said he would like to approve the rezoning.

Councilwoman Susan Saum-Wicklein did not attend the Tuesday meeting.

A council vote on the rezoning request is expected Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Darryl Sword, owner of the Corner Pub, is seeking to have properties adjacent to the pub, 154-158 S. Mulberry St. and 202 E. Baltimore St. , rezoned from R-4 residential to C-2 commercial.

Sword has said he wants to expand the pub into an apartment building next to the pub to make room for an expanded kitchen and a new dining area that would have a separate entrance.

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The City Planning Commission on Nov. 8 recommended the City Council deny that request. Matt Davis, a city planner, said the Planning Commission determined a mistake in the original zoning was not proved, and there has been no substantial change to the character of the neighborhood.

There has also been some public opposition to the rezoning request.

During a January public hearing, four women spoke against the requested rezoning. The women, who said they own property near the pub, said the rezoning would lead to increased parking problems in their neighborhood and late-night noise from the pub would be worse.

Sword's representatives have said that the neighborhood has changed over the years from one in which most of the residences were owner-occupied to one in which homes are mostly rentals. They also noted the "busy intersection" and the noise of helicopters coming and going from the hospital.

Breichner said he supports the planning commission.

"I see nothing to suggest this was a mistake or much of a change," he said Tuesday.

McClure has said he supports the zoning change because Sword hopes to demolish a nearby building to create a new parking area.

McClure said the business is an asset to the city and the council should help it expand.

Boyer said he's "on the fence."

Metzner said he hasn't made up his mind, but added, "I would like to rezone this if someone can give me something ... I'm open to being convinced."

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