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Cat shelter, plan for sports complex get zoning tweaks

A no-kill cat shelter to be operated by LAPS has received a zoning variance approval from the city Zoning Hearing Board to be established at 610 Washington Blvd., according to city zoning administration.

The 3-0 vote was made recently by Marylou Baldys, Janet McDermott and Michele Frey, according to Gary Knarr, city zoning officer.

William Miele was absent for the day, he said.

The cat shelter can begin to occupy the property without further zoning approval, and once the project is voted on by City Council, Knarr said.

Another project before the board received a table of use variance. It was from Williamsport Ballpark Inc., or the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, which wants to establish a softball/baseball multi-complex on property it owns at 2 Rose St., Knarr said.

The project has not achieved a land-development approval, which is the next stage for the developer, Knarr said.

The board also voted 3-0 to deny a variance requested to build a Dollar General Store at 305 Washington Blvd.

The owner of the property is Benjamin Stopper, a commercial developer. Hutchinson LLC was prepared to build the store, Knarr said.

However, the board determined the proposed plan did not have a sufficient number of parking stalls and setback from the alley needed to be 15 feet and there was five feet available, Knarr said.

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