Board or Committee Meeting
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




TUESDAY– NOVEMBER 10, 2020– 6:00 P.M.



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  1. Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes from the October 20, 2020 meeting
  3. Special Exception Application No. 908, 8001 Laurel Lakes Court, filed by Celebree School c/o Douglas Development, for recommendation to the Board of Appeals
  4. Adjourn




TUESDAY- NOEMBER 10, 2020 – 6:00 P.M.


The meeting convened on a virtual platform through Zoom at 6:00 P.M., with Chairwoman Mitzi R. Betman presiding.  The roll was called with Council President Keith Sydor, Ex-Officio member, the Honorable G. Rick Wilson, Mr. John Kish, Vice-Chairman, Mr. Bill Wellford, Krystiana Bonheur and the Honorable Frederick Smalls, Alternate. Also, present were and the Ms. Christian L. Pulley, Director of Economic and Community Development, Mr. Joshua Mitchum, Planner II, and Ms. Brooke Quillen, Secretary to the Commission. Present from the Office of Information Technology, Cinnamen Fisher, Application Specialist. There were approximately (4) four members of the public in attendance.


The minutes of the October 20, 2020 meeting were approved as written, on motion by Ms. Bonheur seconded by Mr. Kish, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present.


Next on the agenda, was Special Exception Application No. 908, 8001-8003 Laurel Lakes Court Laurel, Maryland 20707 filed by Celebree School c/o Douglas Development for recommendation to the Board of Appeals.  Mr. Mitchum stated the Special Exception approval is to establish and operate a child daycare facility that will serve 144 children and staff approximately 20-25 persons. The subject property is zoned Industrial Technology Research Park (I-RTP), located on the south side of Laurel Lakes Court, west of the Baltimore Avenue (US-1) intersection. The site has an existing two-story flex-space building. 


There was discussion among staff and the Commission regarding how much of the building will be used for the daycare (approximately 9,325 square feet) and why this request requires a Special Exception Application.


The applicant, Mr. Norman Rivera, Celebree School c/o Douglas Development, 655 New York Avenue Suite 830 Washington DC  20001, stated he also has on the call with him a representative from the school and the civil engineer for this project. Mr. Rivera added that he is in full agreement with the staff report and conditions. He stated he wants to meet the City’s code and is eager to move forward with this project as this site as been vacant. Everyone will benefit with having the building occupied.


The Commission, on motion by Mr. Wilson, seconded by Mr. Wellford, and carried on a roll call vote of all members present, voted to recommend approval of the Special Exception Application No. 908 with the conditions as presented in the Technical Staff Report.


The meeting adjourned at 6:14 p.m.


Approved:        LBQ                          Date:  1/12/2021


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