A furniture business is now permitted on a Helm Road property after a unanimous decision by the Wayne County Board of Zoning Appeals.

The BZA approved a variance of use for Elam Glick to build furniture and shuffleboard games and add a detached 10-foot-by-20-foot retail showroom at 6074 Helm Road, a property zoned for agriculture. Glick said he has been making tables and chairs for dining rooms as a hobby.

Neighbor David Hazelett said he supported the business; however, he was concerned about Glick’s requested business hours beginning at 5 a.m. Glick compromised by delaying his use of machinery to 7:30 a.m., giving him hours of 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

The BZA also approved variances that will allow construction of accessory structures at two residences.

A metal building to store equipment is planned for 12251 Indiana Trail Road in Economy, and a shed for equipment storage is planned for 2899 Dodge St. in Webster.

Peculiarities about both properties made locations that do not fit zoning requirements the most practical places to put storage buildings.

A petition to revoke special exceptions previously granted that permit a mobile home at 11387 Elliott Road was tabled to the BZA’s August meeting.

The issue began in 2017 when property owner Robert White wanted a mobile home on his property to house additional farm workers. That, however, has not been necessary, and the mobile home continues unoccupied. Therefore, White has not installed a costly septic system.

Tabling the revocation petition enables White to consult with the county building commission and assessor about what is necessary to convert the mobile home to a storage building that would be permitted by agriculture zoning.

Richmond BZA

During its June 12 meeting, the Richmond Board of Zoning Appeals approved two variances of development standards that permit a narrow Flatley Road property to be split into two tracts smaller than the zoned minimum of 12,000 square feet.

The property stretches between Flatley Road and North West 17th Street. The resident plans to continue living on the Flatley Road side and to sell the North West 17th Street side that includes an accessory structure but not a residence.

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A version of this article appeared in the June 19 2024 print edition of the Western Wayne News.

Mike Emery is a reporter and layout editor for the Western Wayne News.