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Blue Mountain Health System hopes to erect storage building

Published August 21. 2012 05:01PM

Blue Mountain Health System wants to construct a storage building on a vacant piece of land adjacent to the parking lot of its Palmerton Hospital campus.

That request is among a pair of cases the borough's Zoning Hearing Board will take into consideration when it meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11.

Blue Mountain Health System wants to build the edifice on a parcel west of the existing parking lot at the corner of Columbia Avenue and First Street.

In his rejection letter, dated Aug. 8, borough zoning officer Duane Dellecker states that Blue Mountain wants to erect a 60-by-100-foot storage building, for non-residential purposes, on property located in an R-2 (Residential - Medium Density) zoning district.

A section of the borough's zoning ordinance permits hospital activity in the R-2 zoning district, while another section of the zoning ordinance allows a storage building as accessory use, Dellecker states in his letter.

Dellecker states that another section of the zoning ordinance defines an accessory structure as "a structure serving a purpose customarily incidental to the use of the principal building and located on the same lot as the principal building."

Without the existence of a principal structure on this property, no accessory structure may be erected without the consent of the zoners through a variance proceeding, Dellecker states in his letter.

Also that evening, the zoners will hear a request from residents Fred and Maria Nothstein, who wish to obtain a side variance to erect an addition to their property at 767 Columbia Avenue.

The couple proposes to build an addition that will extend 9-feet, 6-inches, from the side property line at the single family dwelling, which is located in an R-1 (Residential -Low Density) Zoning District.

However, Dellecker states in his rejection letter, dated July 24, that a section of the borough's zoning ordinance requires a 10-foot minimum side yard setback for structures in the R-1 zoning district.

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