Crouse hopes to rebuild
By DAVE McMILLION / Staff Writer, Charles Town
KEARNEYSVILLE, W.Va. - The owner of an antique reproduction furniture-making business that was wiped out in a fire last month says he will go before the Jefferson County Zoning Board of Appeals Jan. 17 to ask for permission to rebuild the shop.
Lawrence Crouse's shop was in a residential zone, and although he was able to construct a three-story manufacturing building in 1988, it was a complicated regulatory process and Crouse is worried about whether county officials will allow him to rebuild.
But since he has been making furniture for 30 years, Crouse said he hopes board members will have compassion for his plight and allow him to start over.
Zoning Board of Appeals members could not be reached for comment Monday.
It will be one of two requests Crouse will make to the board.
He will also ask to expand the size of the building from 8,000 to 12,000 square feet.