July 7, 2014

Zoning board conditionally approves metal building


For the second month in a row, the London Board of Zoning adjustment held a public hearing to discuss the granting of a property variance on North Main Street.

Tuesday evening's meeting involved a planned metal building and retaining wall at 1801 N. Main St. When built, the structure will stand next to the Vendor’s Mall and Kroger grocery store in downtown London. 

Judy Phelps, acting as an agent for Eugene Thomas Family Properties, LLC, applied for the variance in May. On June 3, she learned she would have to wait until Tuesday’s meeting to discuss whether or not the building met city ordinances and Kentucky Revised Statute (KRS) codes. 

The board’s main concern during the June meeting was seeing an official commercial site plan from Phelps’ engineer, Green Keith. He was present at Tuesday night's meeting to ensure Phelps’ proposed building and retaining wall was well within KRS code and London ordinances.

“We do not anticipate anything unusual as far as constructing the retaining wall,” Keith said during his presentation to the board. “We’ll have to construct it in sections, but stability is expected to be reasonable. We will be approaching 18th Street a little closer. We’re about 11 inches too close to the street with the building itself.”

Keith maintained that he had spoken with Steve Edge, public works director for the city of London, in guaranteeing 18th Street would be protected.

Board member Ed Manning’s primary concern had to do with an existing utility pole in the proposed building’s future parking lot. 

“You look like you’re about three feet [from the pole],” Manning said. “They probably have an easement on that utility line. My point is, service to those people cannot be interrupted. The power pole is probably six feet in the ground next to where you’ll be building your retaining wall. I can’t see the power company letting you build around that pole.”

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