Zon­ing board OKs ex­cep­tion for bar­ber school

The Times Herald (Norristown, PA) - - LOCAL - By CARL ROTEN­BERG

NOR­RIS­TOWN — The Nor­ris­town Zon­ing Hear­ing Board heard a re­quest Tues­day night for spe­cial ex­cep­tions to al­low a bar­ber school at 573 E. Main Street in the R-2 Res­i­den­tial zone.

The board unan­i­mously granted the spe­cial ex­cep­tion.

The for­mer Peo­ple’s Clean­ers op­er­ated on the first floor of the build­ing lo­cated at High Street and Main Street.

At­tor­ney Michael Cle­ment, rep­re­sent­ing the pro­posed own­ers of the bar­ber school, said the “bar­ber school is an equal or less in­tense use than the dry clean­ers. The prop­erty is an is­land sur­rounded by a com­mer­cial zone.”

Cle­ment said the prop­erty can­not be used for res­i­den­tial uses. It has park­ing for 15 cars in the rear lot.

The prop­erty own­ers, Joseph and Harry Mirabile Jr., bought the Main Street build­ing from the Mont­gomery County In­dus­trial De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity for $68,000 in April 1980. The build­ing was as­sessed at $132,090 in April 1997.

Harry Mirabile Jr. said that the build­ing was used for “fin­ish­ing” dry clean­ing and the busi­ness em­ployed 40 work­ers.

Charles Adams III of New Hol­land, Lancaster County, the owner of Charles Hair Stu­dio, said he has been teach­ing bar­ber­ing for more than a year. “We will teach all the types of skills that a bar­ber would need to have,” Adams said. “There is a re­quire­ment for 1,250 hours of in­struc­tion be­fore li­cens­ing.”

Adams said the front part of the build­ing would be used for a clinic floor. The back room of the school will be used for classrooms and lec­ture space. There will be 20 bar­ber chairs in the front room.

Ar­chi­tect Joshua Sukenick said the 2,600-square-foot build­ing could be used for the bar­ber school and was sim­i­lar in the build­ing code to a dry clean­ing busi­ness.

Board mem­ber James Mul­lane Jr. asked about emer­gency ex­its in the build­ing. Sukenick said there are two ex­its from the build­ing.

Both the dry cleaner and the bar­ber school are non-con­form­ing uses that re­quire a spe­cial ex­cep­tion.

In other busi­ness, AT& T Mo­bil­ity at­tempted to present its le­gal case for vari­ances for a tem­po­rary cell phone tower 84 feet high in the for­mer Mont­gomery Hos­pi­tal park­ing lot in the R- 2 res­i­den­tial zone with a tem­po­rary fence.

At­tor­ney Ni­cholas Cuce Jr., rep­re­sent­ing AT&T Mo­bil­ity, said Einstein Med­i­cal Center Mont­gomery (EMCM) of­fi­cials asked the wire­less car­rier and two other co-lo­cated wire­less car­ri­ers to re­move their equip­ment from the Mont­gomery Hos­pi­tal roof by March 15.

EMCM merged with Mont­gomery Hos­pi­tal sev­eral years ago and moved the hos­pi­tal staff to the 146-bed, $350 mil­lion, hos­pi­tal in East Nor­ri­ton in Septem­ber 2012.

Cuce said that AT&T Mo­bil­ity, T-Mo­bile and Clear­wire of­fi­cials were told by EMCM of­fi­cials the cell phone equip­ment needed to be re­moved be­cause the seven-story hos­pi­tal build­ing will be de­mol­ished. The hos­pi­tal was founded in 1889.

Cuce said that “while a per­ma­nent site is be­ing ob­tained AT&T Mo­bil­ity needs a tem­po­rary site. The cell on wheels (COW) will have an 80-foot tower with three an­ten­nas.”

An amended ap­plica- tion from AT& T Mo­bil­ity ask­ing for a mi­crowave dish at 1330 Pow­ell Street was filed with the board but a le­gal ad­ver­tise­ment for the amended ap­pli­ca­tion was not placed in a lo­cal news­pa­per. Nor­ris­town So­lic­i­tor David Sander ob­jected to the amended ap­pli­ca­tion be­ing heard on Tues­day night be­cause nearby res­i­dents were not no­ti­fied of the hear­ing.

Cuce ob­jected to Sander’s pres­ence be­cause Nor­ris­town coun­cil did not of­fi­cially au­tho­rize Sander’s le­gal ob­jec­tions. Coun­cil Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Cald­well said coun­cil will vote on the le­gal au­tho­riza­tion at the Wed­nes­day night coun­cil meet­ing.

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