Northeast Times

Zoners grant continuance; attorney needs more time

More than 10 Mor­rell Park res­id­ents and City Coun­cil­man Bri­an O’Neill (R-10th dist.) showed up at the Zon­ing Board of Ad­just­ment last week to op­pose a plan to op­er­ate a busi­ness in a Mor­rell Av­en­ue home. They went home with a “no de­cision” be­cause the zon­ers gran­ted a con­tinu­ance to ap­plic­ant Maur­een McK­eown after her at­tor­ney, Joseph Beller, said he needed more time to pre­pare.

McK­eown needs zon­ing board ap­prov­al to leg­ally op­er­ate a skin-care busi­ness in her home on the 3300 block of Mor­rell Av­en­ue be­cause it is res­id­en­tially zoned. She had got­ten the back­ing of the Mor­rell Park Civic As­so­ci­ation, but on Jan. 21, the first time she ap­peared be­fore the zon­ers, four neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents with a pe­ti­tion of op­pos­i­tion, an O’Neill aide and the coun­cil­man’s at­tor­ney turned out to op­pose her ap­plic­a­tion. Zon­ers un­an­im­ously nixed McK­eown’s re­quest, so res­id­ents thought the mat­ters was a closed is­sue. It wasn’t.

The ap­plic­ant re­tained Beller, who claimed it was not a simple is­sue. He asked for and re­ceived a re­con­sid­er­a­tion. Zon­ers routinely grant such second chances when ap­plic­ants did not have leg­al coun­sel their first times at bat. The new hear­ing was April 2, more than a month after re­con­sid­er­a­tion was gran­ted, but Beller claimed he wasn’t ready and didn’t know when he would be.

Res­id­ents grumbled, and some said they would def­in­itely re­turn to op­pose McK­eown’s ap­plic­a­tion at the next hear­ing. ••

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