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Monday breakdown: 'Sea containers' not an ordinance violation

May 19, 2013
  • A cluster of "sea containers" recently were placed at a storage business near the corner of Virginia Avenue and Massey Boulevard.
Photo by C.J. Lovelace, Staff Writer

A cluster of “sea containers” recently placed at a storage business near the corner of Virginia Avenue and Massey Boulevard prompted a reader to inquire about it earlier this month.

Do the storage containers violate any Washington County zoning or building codes?

Concerned that more containers could be stacked there, making it look like the “Port of Baltimore,” the reader argued in his May 8 email to The Herald-Mail that he believes the Washington County zoning ordinance permits single-story buildings to be used for storage, but not sea containers.

Rather than looking like an entrance into a retail district, “it will now look like an industrial site,” said the reader, who wondered if the placement of the containers might be a violation of the zoning ordinance, the building code and/or the state’s industrial building law.

However, when asked about the containers, Assistant County Administrator Sarah L. Sprecher said they are not in violation of any county ordinances, and can remain.

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“There is no restriction on the placement of sea containers in the zoning ordinance and this type of building is regulated by the building code,” Sprecher said.

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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