Variances approved for projects

WEIRTON — The Weirton Zoning Board of Appeals granted three variances Tuesday, including one for a new business in the city.

Altair Development Group LLC was approved, 4-0, for a variance to permit the installation of a generator pad in the side yard of 100 Colliers Way. The property is described as a corner lot with no rear yard.

Mike Hileman of Altair Development explained the building previously housed a Rite-Aid.

“We rented the building to Weirton Dialysis Center,” he said. “They need a backup generator.”

Hileman said the generator pad is located 11 feet from the property line, and will be enclosed by a fence and a partially soundproof container.

“It’ll never run unless the electricity is out,” Hileman said.

Two neighbors, who didn’t identify themselves during the meeting, said they had no problem with the generator, but did ask about some land located on the property where they have cultivated a flower garden. Hileman said he could work with them to address any concerns.

Board Chair Mike Simon recused himself from this vote, but participated in the remaining business items.

Also before the board, Lou Bernardi requested, on behalf of Domenico DiBacco, a side yard setback variance for an addition to the residence at 113 Crest St.

Bernardi explained the existing wall of a garage will be taken down for the construction of a mother-in-law suite and living space, with the garage built in the front of the property. The addition would be closer to a nearby neighbor.

“His neighbor is a friend of his and has no objection,” Bernardi said.

The proposal was approved 5-0.

Also approved 5-0 was a variance request from Donald and Catina Lamp, of 112 Bird Way, who had asked to build a 6-foot-tall fence partially in their front yard.

“We only have a small front yard. We have no back yard,” Catina Lamp said, explaining the fence would primarily surround their deck and pool already built in their side yard.

She said the fence would be located approximately 5 feet from the neighbor’s property line, and no one had expressed any concern.

Board member Bob Kolanko asked about the pool and deck also being slightly in the front yard, and was told a previous city administrator had signed off on it without taking it to the board.