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Seaforth given the OK to build commercial storage facility

April 16, 2012
Salem News

EAST LIVERPOOL - A river-side industry got the green light from the Board of Zoning Appeals last week to construct a new commercial storage facility to be located on four lots along Second Street.

Seaforth Mineral, First and Market streets, petitioned the board for five variances so it can build a 240-feet-by-130-feet facility, similar to one already located nearby.

Planning Director Bill Cowan presented variances on minimum lot area, minimum front yard setback, minimum rear yard setback, minimum side yard setback and lot coverage that had been submitted by the company at a hearing Thursday.

The minimum lot area required by city ordinance in an M-3 zoned area is two acres, and the area proposed for the garage is .7162-acre; minimum front yard depth is 50 feet, rear yard setback is 40 feet and side yard setback is 30 feet while plans call for constructing the building along the same property lines as its other facility.

Maximum percent of lot coverage in an M-3 zoned area is 40 percent, while the proposed facility will cover 100 percent of the lots.

Seaforth will raze some existing buildings to make room for the new one, which will be bordered by Second and Market streets and Pink and Peach Alley.

One resident addressed the board regarding the alleys involved in the proposal, concerned whether he would still have access to his property and he was assured he will.

Although agreeing the variances might seem "excessive," planning Director Bill Cowan recommended approval due to the location of the proposed building in an area with M-3, or general industrial zoning classification, and due to the fact other commercial storage buildings located along Second Street are built in a similar fashion.



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