Board or Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 23, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Agenda

  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes- September 26, 2019 Meeting
  3. Approval of Executive Session Minutes- September 26, 2019 Meeting
  4. Special Exception Application No. 898, 13600 Baltimore Avenue Suite 600, filed by Chick-Fil-A, seeking special exception approval for an additional drive-thru land and a building expansion of the Chick-Fil-A restaurant.
  • Public Hearing on Application
  • Final Action
  1. Special Exception Application No. 897, 352-354 Main Street, filed by Patrick Davis, seeking special exception approval to establish and operate a restaurant with live entertainment, and a rooftop bar/dining area.
  • Public Hearing on Application
  • Final Action
  1. Election of Chairman
  2. Election of Vice-Chairman
  3. Adjourn

Minutes

 

THREE HUNDRED FIFTY SIXTH MEETING

CITY OF LAUREL BOARD OF APPEALS

THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020 – REGULAR 

 

Convened:  7:05 P.M.

 

Board Members Present (During Roll):    

                                        

Margaret A. Chenault, Chairwoman

Brian Lee

Mary-Eileen Leszcz

Dennis Whitley, III, Esquire

 

Staff Present:

 

Christian L. Pulley, Economic & Community Development, Director

Josh Mitchum, Economic & Community Development, Planner II

Brooke Quillen, Secretary

                                                 

Citizens Present: Approximately 3

                                             

The minutes of the September 26, 2020 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mrs. Leszcz and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present, with Mr. Whitley abstaining from the vote.

 

The Executive Session minutes of the September 26, 2020 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mrs. Leszcz and carried on a roll call vote of all other members present, with Mr. Whitley abstaining from the vote.

 

Next, the Board heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 898 and Resolution No. 20-02-BOA, 13600 Baltimore Avenue Suite 600 Laurel, Maryland 20707, filed by Chick-Fil-A, Inc., 5200 Buffington Road Atlanta, Georgia  30349.  Mr. Mitchum completed the reading of the record for the administrative approval process and presented the technical staff report dated December 13, 2019, stating the applicant is seeking Special Exception approval for the addition of a second drive-thru lane with two (2) new Order and Pickup Point Canopies with their associated parking restriping.  The property’s primary structure was built in 2005. Secondly, the applicant is seeking approval for a proposed 415 square foot expansion in the rear of the building, for additional kitchen and dry-storage space.

 

Representing the applicant, Mr. Nicholas Speech, P.E., Bohler Engineering, 16701 Melford Boulevard #103 Bowie, Maryland  20715, explained the purpose of this application is to get drivers in and out more efficiently with an additional drive thru lane and canopy. The small addition is for more storage and cooler space. This will help the functionality of the restaurant. Similar types of improvement have already been completed at several other surrounding restaurants. Mr. Speech stated he is available for any questions the Commission may have.

 

There was some discussion among the applicant and the Board members regarding how long the project is expected to take, the applicant estimates approximately three (3) months from start to finish.

 

Chairwoman Chenault opened the public hearing at 7:12 p.m.

 

There was nobody else signed up to speak.

 

Chairwoman Chenault closed the public hearing at 7:12 p.m.

 

On motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mr. Whitley, and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 898 and Resolution No. 20-02-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

Next, the Board heard the request for Special Exception Application No. 897 and Resolution No. 20-01-BOA, 352-354 Main Street Laurel, Maryland 20707, filed by Patrick Davis, 324 Main Street, Maryland 20707.  Mr. Mitchum completed the reading of the record for the administrative approval process and presented the technical staff report dated November 26, 2019, stating the applicant is seeking Special Exception approval to establish and operate a restaurant with live performances and a rooftop deck/bar area.  The subject property also has two (2) apartment-style dwelling units on the second floor. The primary structure was built in 1940, and is approximately 4,832 square feet in size.  The property is zoned C-V, Commercial Village, and its current use is commercial.  This proposed use was previously approved by the Board of Appeals in 2017 (17-01-BOA).  However, the approval expired; the applicant is seeking approval for both 352 and 354 Main Street to operate as a restaurant.

 

The applicant, Mr. Patrick Davis, 324 Main Street, Unit 1314, Laurel, Maryland 20707, stated he is in attendance to answer any questions from the Board. This request is fundamentally the same application that was approved three years ago; however, there were some delays with the start of construction and so the approvals and permits have since expired.  Mr. Davis stated he is in agreement with the conditions listed in the staff report.

 

There was discussion among the applicant and the Board members regarding the confidence and scope of the project. The Board reminded the applicant that the next step is to get approval through the Historic District Commission.

 

Chairwoman Chenault opened the public hearing at 7:25 p.m.

 

There was nobody else signed up to speak.

 

Chairwoman Chenault closed the public hearing at 7:25 p.m.

 

On motion by Mr. Lee seconded by Mr. Whitley, and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Special Exception Application No. 897 and Resolution No. 20-01-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.

 

The Election of the Chairperson and Vice Chairperson was the next item on the agenda. Mr. Whitley made a motion to elect Mrs. Chenault to continue as Chairwoman and Mr. Lee as Vice Chairman to the Board of Appeals.  Mrs. Leszcz seconded the motion and roll call continued with all members present voting “Yes”.

 

Adjournment:   7:30 P.M.

 

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