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Millbrook Civic denies neighbor parking spot outside his home

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Mem­bers of the Mill­brook Civic As­so­ci­ation won’t sup­port a loc­al man’s re­quest to leg­al­ize a park­ing space that is just 2 feet short­er than city code re­quires.

Stefan Pavlovic’s neigh­bors on the 3800 block of Red Li­on Road said they felt is­sues a lot lar­ger than a couple feet of drive­way are in­volved, and on Jan. 31, they voted not to give an inch on his re­quest to get zon­ing board ap­prov­al.

Pavlovic needs a zon­ing vari­ance for the park­ing space out­side his home be­cause he closed off his gar­age to cre­ate more liv­ing space. The park­ing space that re­mains out­side his house is 13 feet from the curb, said his at­tor­ney, Dar­lene Threatt, but city code re­quires a 15-foot dis­tance.

Threatt said all Pavlovic was ask­ing for dur­ing the civic group’s meet­ing at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation was sup­port for a vari­ance for that park­ing space. Neigh­bors said that re­cent work on the home, which in­cluded the ad­di­tion of a bath­room, kit­chen and sep­ar­ate en­trance, made the home look like a multi-unit build­ing rather than a single-fam­ily home.

Nearby res­id­ents said they had noth­ing against Pavlovic and that they ad­mired how he has main­tained his prop­erty and re­garded him as a good neigh­bor. However, they said they feared the home could be il­leg­ally ren­ted out as apart­ments — if not by Pavlovic, by any­one who later buys the prop­erty.

Neigh­bors said Pavlovic’s ex­pan­sion of his liv­ing space ini­tially had been done without per­mits and that the city’s De­part­ment of Li­censes and In­spec­tions had ordered him to re­move a stove he had in­stalled. They said the ad­di­tion of a second front door on the prop­erty also made them sus­pi­cious that it would be used as the en­trance to a second unit on the prop­erty.

Threatt said the stove made a second kit­chen in the house, which, in turn, made it a mul­tid­well­ing home. City code does not al­low that on the prop­erty, she said, so the stove was re­moved. The door was ad­ded just as a con­veni­ence, she said.

Pavlovic in­sisted he would do any­thing, in­clud­ing re­mov­ing the door, to sat­is­fy his neigh­bors, but they were un­moved and voted un­an­im­ously against sup­port­ing his park­ing space vari­ance ap­plic­a­tion. His Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment hear­ing is set for 2 p.m., Wed­nes­day, Feb. 22, on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch St.

In oth­er busi­ness, civic as­so­ci­ation mem­bers Mike Lamb and Ken Grow said they are con­tinu­ing to re­cruit res­id­ents for the loc­al Town Watch. Any­one in­ter­ested in ded­ic­at­ing just a few hours a month to patrolling loc­al streets should call Grow at 215-859-8204 or Lamb at 267-294-4760.

Next month, the as­so­ci­ation will dis­cuss new plans for a Tel­fair Road prop­erty. The zon­ing board re­cently re­jec­ted Mike Sper­duto’s plan to de­vel­op his land on the 11700 block of Tel­fair by erect­ing a house with two two-bed­room apart­ments.

The land is not zoned for mul­ti­fam­ily dwell­ings, so Sper­duto was re­quired to get a zon­ing vari­ance to leg­ally pro­ceed. When he sought the civic as­so­ci­ation’s sup­port for his vari­ance re­quest, Tel­fair Road res­id­ents turned out to strongly op­pose it.

Mem­bers said Sper­duto has an­oth­er idea for the land, which he will present to the as­so­ci­ation at 7 p.m. on Tues­day, Feb. 28, at the Cal­vary Ath­let­ic As­so­ci­ation, 4330 Deer­path Lane. ••

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