Several business requests recommended for approval by city planning commission

The city zoning hearing board Thursday is expected to review a proposal by a woman who wants to open a pottery studio at her Baldwin Street home.

A request to table a use variance was recommended by the city planning commission Monday for Penelope Young, of 1118 Baldwin St. The request will go before the zoning hearing board at 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

Young, who was not at the meeting, has applied for the variance in order to operate the business inside a detached garage at the residence, according to Gary Knarr, city zoning officer.

The plan indicates a need to provide two off-street parking spaces and although handicapped accessibility is not required, commission member Chris Keiser suggested it would be appropriate to be assured those requiring such access would be able to safely get to and from the business.

Should Young be granted a variance, the city codes office would need to conduct a final inspection of the business before granting a permit, Knarr said.

In other business, the commission recommended that City Council approve the following certificates of appropriateness:

Scottish Rite, 348 Market St., to replace windows on the first and second floors of the building.

Barry Eck, 341 Catherine St., to cover building with material other than vinyl siding, which is not recommended in the Central Business District.

Studio 316 on Government Place for a business sign.

The Brickyard, 343 Pine St., for existing awnings and signs in the courtyard.

Rising Crow Studio, 24 E. Third St., for a studio featuring American Indian art and art done by individuals with mental and physical challenges.