The applicants were the "apparently" homeless Licensed Battlefield Guides Association, who wanted to use the property for their headquarters and research library, but not as a location from which to start tours, and the Third Ward Concerned Citizens who wanted to share the property with the Guides as a location to get their start on a local Black History Museum. Both worthy causes, neither a source of noise or pollution, nor parking problems.
The building is zoned for medical office use, although requests made by the owner to the hospital for tenants resulted in no takers for the past two years. Normally, when an applicant requests a variance the board will suggest the path to achieve it, but here are two very worthy local groups willing to occupy and care for a building which has been vacant for over two years, and they were summarily dismissed by the new board member. This one makes Spring Grove smell like a daisy!
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