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Thursday, February 25, 2021 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm




THURSDAY– FEBRUARY 25, 2021- 6:00 P.M.



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  1. Roll Call


  1. Approval of Minutes- January 28, 2021 Meeting


  1. Variance Application No. 912; Resolution No. 21-04-BOA, 113 St. Mary’s Place, filed by St. Vincent Pallotti High School c/o Jeffrey Palumbo, seeking approval to construct a multi-use athletic facility addition and outdoor turf field by seeking a reduction of the green area required, increase in active recreation area percentage allowed, and reduction in setback requirement along the 9th Street side.


  • Public Hearing on Application
  • Final Action


  1. Adjourn







***This meeting was conducted through Zoom Virtual Platform due to COVID-19 Pandemic***


Convened: 6:00 P.M.

Board Members Present (During Roll):    


Marlene Collins

The Honorable Frederick Smalls

Mary-Eileen Leszcz

The Honorable Gayle Snyder

Martin Mitchell, Alternate


Staff Present:


Robert Love, Acting Director, ECD

Brooke Quillen, Secretary to Board of Appeals, ECD

Cinnamen Fisher, Technician Specialist, Information Technology

Darnell Butler, Production Assistant, Communications


Citizens Present: Approximately: Approximately one (1)


The minutes of the January 28, 2021 meeting were approved as written on motion by Mrs. Collins and seconded by Mrs. Leszcz carried on a roll call vote of all other members present with Mrs. Snyder abstaining from the vote.


The Applicant is seeking a Variance to construct an indoor 36,500 sq. ft. multi use athletic facility addition and a 28,000 sq. ft. outdoor turf field.  The Variance is seeking to deviate from the code for the reduction of the green area required, increase in active recreation area percentage allowed, and reduction in setback requirement along the 9th Street side.  The current use of the property is Saint Vincent Pallotti High School.  The subject property was built in 1959 and has lot area of 289,617 square feet and an existing above-grade building of approximately 59,556 square feet.


The Applicant, Mr. Jeffrey Palumbo, President/Principle, St. Vincent Pallotti High School, 113 St. Mary’s Place Laurel, Maryland  20707, thanked staff for all their hard work and assistance. He reported that the school is celebrating 100 years and they are proud of their Laurel roots, pointing out that they have had partnerships with the Church, Early Learning Center, The Laurel Boys and Girls Club and the Union Hall. Mr. Palumbo expressed this project is important because it will enhance the experience for students by providing another multi-purpose facility. It will offer student safety in performance and transportation. He stressed that enrollment is down by 20% because of other competitive private schools with more to offer, which is very concerning. The approval of this project will significantly help. Mr. Palumbo added that he knows there are concerns regarding parking and traffic. He explained they are not trying to become a bigger school, therefore, there really shouldn’t be a noticeable increase in traffic. Parking will be a bit bigger but that is to help maintain the traffic they already have. Mr. Palumbo mentioned they plan to add an entrance across from Park Hill Road hoping to alleviate traffic on Montgomery Street.  Lastly, he briefly discussed the four (4) buildings that will need to be taken down stating they are all in bad shape at this point.


There was discussion among the Board, staff and the applicant regarding the speficifics on condition number four (4) regarding adequate site distances.  Mr. Love stated it should be 10 feet on both sides but he will double check that. Board member Mr. Mitchell stated he believes this multi-use facility is a great idea and asked about field usage hours concerning noise control; asked if new lighting would be installed. The Applicant, Mr. Palumbo stated there should be no late-night usage of the field, he doesn’t expect use to go beyond 7:00 p.m. emphasizing this field is not designed for large crowd events, adding there will be no large exterior lighting for the field, this would be for practice only. It was also discussed between Chairman Smalls and the Applicant regarding security. Mr. Palumbo stated there will be after hours supervision and all use of the field must be pre-approved. The turf will not be open to the public however he would be willing to allow the community to use it for certain events.


Chairman Smalls opened the public hearing at 6:35 p.m.


There was nobody else signed up to speak.


Chairman Smalls closed the public hearing at 6:36 p.m.


On motion by Mrs. Leszcz seconded by Mrs. Collins, and carried on a unanimous vote by all members present, Variance Application No. 912 and Resolution No. 21-04-BOA were approved as presented in the Technical Staff Report.


Adjournment:   6:38 P.M.



APPROVED: LBQ                                          DATE: 3/25/2021


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