On June 27th, City Council had its’ regularly scheduled meeting with two main issues brought to them. There are two requests to extend and build on land so that new buildings can be put in for businesses.
Dustin Robinson of Furnish It brought the first request on the agenda forth. He wants to rezone the back portion of his property to allow for commercial construction to add storage space. He would also ask for a variance to encroach upon some rear setback lines behind his property to add 15 feet on the back of the unit and 10 feet on the sides. The property would be located at 1195 South Main Street in Lumberton. The vote was cast into two separate instances, one for the actual building of the storage space and the second for the ability to encroach upon the rear set back lines, both votes were passed unanimously. Furnish It, who has been growing and “bursting at the seams” according to Robinson, will finally have a place to store their extra furniture.
The second item on the agenda was another request to build onto property, brought forth by Lee Wheeler whom was an agent acting on behalf of Tony Colletti. They want to rezone the back portion of the property located at 729 S. Main Street and 755 S. Main Street in Lumberton to allow for the construction of a Speedy Stop and a carwash. Along with that request came two separate inquiries. One was another variance to encroach upon side setback lines on the south side of the property. The big question about this request was the fact that there would be liquor sales happening right next door to a Day Care Center, in this case, the Younger Years Day Care on Main Street. According to the law, as long as the establishment selling liquor is 300 feet away from the public church or school, this includes day care, it is legal and allowed to be built. This Speedy Stop would be well outside the lines of the 300 feet from the day care off of Main Street in Lumberton. The last request was for a zone change for the adjacent property located at 729 South Main Street. Both addresses currently have rental residents of Colletti’s. Pups N Suds is located currently at 729 S. Main Street and Oliver’s Portable Buildings is located at 755 S. Main Street. It is understood by the Ledger that both locations have not been notified by Colletti to start seeking property elsewhere. The ledger did try to contact Mr. Colletti for a comment, he was unable to be reached. The Ledger did however get in contact with his Agent Mr. Wheeler. When asked if the tenants were aware of Mr. Colletti’s possible future plans, his reply, “There is no reason to inform the tenants until the Speedy Stop is finalized.” A survey was carried out yesterday on the property owned by Colletti before the City Council Meeting. All three of these requests called for separate votes, which were all passed unanimously by the Council.