SMITHSBURG - The Smithsburg Zoning Appeals Board on Thursday will hear a Smithsburg property owner's request for a special exception to allow multi-family dwellings on nearly 10 acres of land he owns along Maple Avenue.
Smithsburg General Store owner Richard Grove has requested the special exception because he wants to build 78 rental apartment units and a community center for senior citizens on land zoned town residential and used for agriculture, Zoning Appeals Board President David Williams said.
Smithsburg's zoning ordinance allows for multi-family dwellings in town residential zoning districts with a special exception.
Grove's property is surrounded by the Chips Meadow subdivision, a private dirt road, Maple Avenue and railroad tracks. The only entrance to the senior housing complex would be located off Maple Avenue, Williams said.