Two locations selling accessory buildings were granted the Warsaw Board of Zoning Appeals nod of approval last night.
The variances for both locations, both in areas zoned Commercial-2, were unanimously approved. One, for Wade Frauhiger, will allow for the outdoor sales on a now vacant lot on Lake Street. The area is on the curve between the indoor flea market and the tobacco store that was heavily damaged by a fire last year.
Frauhiger plans to sell accessory buildings, such as sheds, and wooden playground equipment on the location.
The second variance was granted to Harold Schapson who is currently operating Sherman and Lin’s Discount Grocery at 1900 E. Winona Ave. As a supplemental part of the business, Schapson began selling accessory buildings, such as sheds and small garages.
Although the operation had already been up and running, the city noted it needed approval to continue. Playing in favor for Schapson was the planning department’s recommendation to allow it based on the non-typical commercial area and that traffic safety in the area has actually improved because motorists can no longer short cut through the parking area.
The only other matter to come before the Warsaw BZA was a sign request for 827 S. Union St. The building is a 6 suite office facility that is currently occupied by an attorney, a chiropractor, a massage therapist and an accountant. However, the existing sign is too small for people passing by to read and it also creates a traffic hazard for those leaving the parking lot.
Bruce Woodward was representing the new building owner, Erich Griffith, who is also the chiropractor who has been in the facility for 17 years.
Initially, Woodward asked for the board to accept the installation of a second, larger sign. But by the end of his presentation, he reasoned that only one sign — larger than is allowed for under the sign ordinance — be approved for the property.
In presenting a photo of what the sign will closely resemble, Woodward was able to convince the board to allow for the nearly 34-square-foot sign to be erected in the front yard of the building. Assistant city planner Tim Dombrosky said nearby dentist offices already have the larger signs and this one would only compliment the area and be more aesthetically pleasing than the current sign.
The sign will meet all setback requirements and will not be lit after business hours.
The Warsaw BZA consists of Tom Allen, Rick Keeven, Jack Wilhite, Ron Shoemaker and Tammy Dalton.