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Funkstown hobby shop owner asks for disabled-accessible parking space

The council voted 4-0 to approve a curb cut allowing access to the parking space from Baltimore Street

April 12, 2012

FUNKSTOWN — NeXgen Hobby store owner Mark Gaylor talked to the Funkstown Town Council Monday night about a parking issue — even though his shop might be replaced by a convenience store.

Gaylor said Tuesday that nothing was finalized, but that he was considering moving the hobby store and leasing the 117 E. Baltimore St. site to someone who would open a convenience store there.

Gaylor said he hoped to make a decision within three weeks.

Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. said there used to be a grocery store there.

Gaylor asked the council to approve plans to create a disabled-accessible parking space on the west side of the store that would require access from Baltimore Street, which also is Alternate U.S. 40.

The council voted 4-0 Monday night to approve a curb cut allowing access to the parking space from Baltimore Street, although Gaylor still must submit engineering drawings to the Maryland State Highway Administration for approval.

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Creation of the disabled-accessible parking space would eliminate one regular parking space, Councilman Richard Gaver said.

Gaylor said the store’s door is wide enough for disabled accessibility, but a 1-inch step in front of the door needs to be ground down.

Regardless of whether the hobby shop stays or a convenience store opens there, Gaylor said he wanted to add the disabled-accessible parking space.

Councilmen John Phillips III and Robert “Bobby” Rodgers Jr. were absent.

— Julie E. Greene

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