Board or Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

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  1. Roll Call
  2. Election of Chair
  3. Election of Vice-Chair
  4. Approval of Minutes- November 19, 2020 Meeting
  5. Special Exception Extension Application No. 911; Resolution No. 21-03-BOA, 352-354 Main Street, filed by Exclusive Blu c/o Patrick Davis, is seeking approval of an extension to a previously granted Special Exception to establish and operate a restaurant with live entertainment, and a rooftop bar/dining area.
  • Public Hearing on Application
  • Final Action
  1. Special Exception Application No. 909; Resolution No. 21-01-BOA, 1024 Marton Street, filed by Paul Timmons, is seeking approval to construct an addition that exceeds fifty percent (50%) of the square footage of the exiting main structure, per Ordinance No. 1562. The new addition will be located on the rear of the existing building.
  • Public Hearing on Application
  • Final Action

7. Adjourn

 

Minutes

THREE HUNDRED SIXTY FIRST MEETING
CITY OF LAUREL BOARD OF APPEALS
THURSDAY, JANUARY 28, 2021 – REGULAR

***This meeting was conducted through Zoom Virtual Platform due to COVID-19 Pandemic***

Convened: 6:00 P.M.

Board Members Present (During Roll):
Marlene Collins
The Honorable Frederick Smalls
Mary-Eileen Leszcz
Dennis Whitley, III, Esquire
Martin Mitchell, Alternate

Staff Present:
Robert Love, Deputy Director, ECD
Joshua Mitchum, Planner II, ECD
Brooke Quillen, Secretary to Board of Appeals, ECD
Cinnamen Fisher, Technician Specialist, Information Technology
Darnell Butler, Production Assistant, Communications

Citizens Present: Approximately: Approximately two (2)

Election of the Chairperson was the next item on the agenda after roll call. Mr. Whitley made a motion to elect Mr. Frederick Smalls as Chairman to the Board of Appeals. Mrs. Collins seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.

The Election of the Vice-Chairperson was the next item on the agenda. Chairman Smalls made a motion to elect Mrs. Leszcz as Vice-Chairperson to the Board of Appeals. Mrs. Collins seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.

The minutes of the November 19, 2020 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mr. Lee and seconded by Mr. Whitley carried on a roll call vote of all other members present with Mr. Mitchell abstaining from the vote.

Next, the Board heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 911 and Resolution No. 21-03-BOA, 352-354 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707, filed by Exclusive Blu c/o Patrick Davis, 324 Main Street Laurel Maryland 20707. Mr. Mitchum completed the reading of the record for the administrative approval process and presented the technical staff report dated December 22, 2020, stating the applicant is seeking an extension of the Special Exception previously granted to establish and operate a
restaurant with live performances and a rooftop deck/bar area, to be located at the 352-354 Main 2 Street property. The subject property also has two (2) apartment-style dwelling units on the second floor. The primary structure was built in 1940, and is approximately 4,832 square feet in size. The property is zoned C-V, Commercial Village, and its current use is commercial. This proposed use was previously approved by the Board of Appeals in 2017 (17-01-BOA) and 2019 (20-01-BOA). However, the latest approval has expired, and the Applicant is seeking an extension of the Special Exception granted in 2019.

There was discussion among the Board, staff and the applicant regarding the safety precautions of the rooftop. Mr. Mitchum stated the applicant is to provide the Office of the Fire Marshal & Permit Services a certified engineer letter stating the roof can sustain the occupancy load, additionaly the City of Laurel Chief Building Official has already provided to the applicant the minimum height requirement for the guardrails which is 42 inches. It was requested by the Board the applicant install some type of external ladder or steps from the rooftop in case of a fire or emergency inside the building to ensure patrons can exit safely.
The applicant, Mr. Patrick Davis, 324 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707 stated he is completely dedicated to meet all the safety standards for this project and will work with the permits department to make sure all requirements are met. Mr. Davis agreed to install an external exit.

Chairman Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:20 p.m.

There was nobody else signed up to speak.

Chairman Smalls closed the public hearing at 6:20 p.m.

On motion by Mrs. Collins seconded by Mrs. Leszcz, and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 911 and Resolution No. 21-03-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

Next, the Board heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 909 and Resolution No. 21-01-BOA, 1024 Marton Street Laurel, Maryland 20707, filed by Mr. Paul Timmons, 12767 SW Lake Fern Circle Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987. Mr. Mitchum completed the reading of the record for the administrative approval process and presented the technical staff report dated December 7, 2020, stating the applicant is seeking Special Exception approval to construct an addition, 16’ x 37’ or 592 square feet, which exceeds seventy-two percent (72%) of the square footage of the existing main structure. The new addition will be located on the rear of the existing house. The property was constructed in 1951 and is zoned R55, Residential One Family Detached. The purpose of the proposed addition is to expand the house and give more room to the family. The existing structure on the parcel consist of a one-story single-family residence. The single-family residence has a footprint measuring 814 square feet and a gross floor area of 814 square feet. The Applicant is seeking an extension of the Special Exception granted in 2019.

The applicant, Mr. Paul Timmons, 12767 SW Lake Fern Circle Port St. Lucie, Florida 34987, stated this is a simple addition as the owner wishes to increase living space in the home.

Chairman Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:26 p.m.
There was nobody else signed up to speak.

Chairman Smalls closed the public at 6:26 p.m.

On motion by Mrs. Collins seconded by Mr. Whitley and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 909 and Resolution No. 21-01-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

Adjournment: 6:27 P.M.

 

Approved: LBQ     Date: 2/25/2021  

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