Planning Commission briefs

July 13, 2004|by TARA REILLY

Historic house may be demolished

An historic house on Old National Pike near Boonsboro that dates back to the late 18th or early 19th century might be demolished.

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday night voted unanimously to recommend that the county issue a demolition permit to property owner Todd Easterday to raze the house at 6633 Old National Pike, east of Boonsboro.

The demolition proposal has spurred opposition from the Washington County Historic District Commission, which voted on May 5 to recommend that the demolition permit be denied.

According to a report by Historic Commission member Merry Stinson, the 11/2-story house was an "early settlement period" log house that was expanded throughout the 19th century.


The Planning Commission said it didn't have the authority to deny the permit and that the demolition probably would go ahead regardless of its decision Monday night.

Plumbing business site plan OK'd

The Washington County Planning Commission on Monday approved a site plan for a plumbing business on Welty Church Road.

The property is owned by Donald and Joellen Pryor, according to a planning document. The name of the business is Donald Pryor & Sons Plumbing.

Site plan for carwash approved

An unattended carwash is headed to Virginia Avenue in Halfway.

The Washington County Planning Commission approved the site plan for Valley Car Wash at Monday night's meeting.

Todd Snook is building the carwash on the property, which is zoned business general.

Cellular tower gets the go-ahead

An 80-foot cellular tower got the green light at Monday night's Washington County Planning Commission meeting.

The Planning Commission approved the site plan for the monopole tower on the south side of Keep Tryst Road in southern Washington County.

Omnipoint Communications is building the tower, which will be camouflaged, and its antennas will be built inside the pole. The pole will also be painted to blend in with its surroundings, according to the cell company. Omnipoint Communications is a subsidiary of T-Mobile Wireless, USA.

No lighting is proposed for the tower, according to a Board of Zoning Appeals for Washington County ruling.

The Board of Zoning Appeals on March 18 granted an exception to Omnipoint Communications so the tower could be built. The appeals ruling states the tower will fill a more than 3-mile coverage gap in cellular service.

"'Gaps'" in local cellular coverage are costly, inconvenient and potentially hazardous to the community," the ruling states.

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