Board or Committee Meeting
Thursday, July 25, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm



  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes- May 31, 2019 Meeting
  3. Variance Application No. 893; Resolution No. 19-02-BOA- 901 Montgomery Street, filed by Asbestos Workers Local Union #24, seeking Variance approval to increase the allowable building coverage, reducing the front yard and side yard setback requirements for a two story addition.
  4. Adjourn










 Convened: 7:04 P.M.

Board Members Present (During Roll):    


Margaret A. Chenault, Chairwoman

Dennis Whitley

Brian Lee

Mary-Eileen Leszcz


Staff Present:


Christian L. Pulley, Economic & Community Development, Director

Josh Mitchum, Economic & Community Development, Planner II

Brooke Quillen, Secretary


Citizens Present: Approximately 6                                                


The minutes of the May 30, 2019 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mr. Whitley and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present.


Next, the Board heard the request for Variance Application No. 893 and Resolution No. 19-02-BOA, 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, Maryland 20707, filed by Brian Cavey c/o Asbestos Workers Union Local #24 901 Montgomery Street Laurel, MD 20707. The Applicant is seeking a Variance to increase the maximum allowable building coverage for the lot, reduce the front yard setback requirement for 9th Street side, and reduce the side yard setback requirement for the western side of the building at the Asbestos Workers Local Union #24 for a proposed, two-story addition of 5,188 sq. ft. The property was built in 1954 prior to City zoning and building regulations being established and is zoned C-N (Commercial Neighborhood).


Representing the owner and applicant, Michelle La Rocca, Meyers, Rodbell & Rosenbaum, 6801 Kenilworth Avenue Suite 400 Riverdale, Maryland 20737, attended to answer any questions.  She advised they are happy with the staff report and agree with all the conditions and recommendations listed.


Tim Longfellow, Principal Engineer P.E., GLW, 3909 National Drive Suite 250 Burtonsville, Maryland  20866, presented a slideshow of the landscaping plan. He stated currently there are two large planting areas with trees that are part of the landscaping along with a current strip of landscaping with shrubs in the direct front of the building. In addition, on the Ninth Street side, the landscaping will expand a little as well as well as in the back of the building around the parking area. The landscaping requirements will be met for the project.


Mr. Lee stated that he is happy to see this project proposal and he completely supports the nonprofit business and training facility that has been in this building since 1995. They are a great asset to the Laurel community.


On motion by Mr. Whitley seconded by Ms. Leszcz, and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Variance Application No. 893 and Resolution No. 19-02-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.


Ms. Pulley announced the department’s new planner, Josh Mitchum.


Adjournment:   7:24 P.M.



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