BUSINESS

Businesses ask for leeway

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Kim Robinson, left, with assistance from borough manager Susan Armstrong, shows council the plans for an expansion of her restaurant.

Business expansion in the borough received a boost during the March 4 council meeting. One section of town was rezoned and a waiver was granted to accommodate the needs of two property owners.

Chris Johnston asked the borough to rezone one block of East Baltimore Street from general residential to community commercial. She had purchased a house at 144 E. Baltimore St. and planned to make it an antique shop. The other structures on the north side of the street were a parsonage, two more houses and the Pure and Simple Cafe.

Council president Charles Eckstine suggested also rezoning the south side of the street from Church Lane to Allison Street. Councilman Harry Foley agreed.

"We need consistency, or it is spot zoning."

The board scheduled a public hearing for 6:45 p.m. May 6 to take comments on a zoning map change.

Kim Robinson asked for a waiver from a formal land development plan in her quest to expand the Highline Restaurant and Lounge at 101 W. Baltimore St. It was located in a community commercial district. She planned a 425 square foot addition, which would replace the current patio. A new patio would extend beyond the addition. An old garage would be razed. The extra space would increase seating capacity from 53 to 98. The project was estimated at $80,000.

Borough manager Susan Armstrong said the community commercial district did not have off-street parking requirements, so "parking cannot come into play as a reason for you to disapprove it."

The waiver request was approved unanimously.

In other business, council approved the purchase of a 2013 2WD Chevrolet Tahoe for the Greencastle Police Department. The vehicle would cost $27,000 and equipment another $6,000.

John Flannery had requested that North Washington Street between Baltimore and Madison streets be closed from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 13, so vendors could set up to sell goods and services to participants in the Pub Run.

Councilman Craig Myers asked that one lane of traffic be kept open for emergency vehicles. Armstrong offered the borough parking lot for overflow tents if needed. The amended request passed 6-1.