Ocean View approves variances for businesses

The Ocean View Board of Adjustment last week approved two applications for local businesses, granting approval for additional medical offices and for a ramp for a bakery.

The board unanimously approved a special exception for 96 Atlantic Avenue (Route 26), submitted by Charles Zonko on behalf of property owners B/Z Land Inc., to create additional medical offices in the units of the commercial complex.

Public Works Director Charles McMullen said the medical offices do fit within the Town’s comprehensive plan and that the third unit in the complex is already being used as a medical office.

Zonko said that, although they had had a physician lined up to take over the offices through Atlantic General Hospital, through attrition, the physician is no longer with the healthcare provider.

“At the present time, they are not committed,” he said, adding they hope to have a replacement physician tenant within 12 months.

McMullen noted that, if approved, the offices would need to be occupied as a medical office or clinic within a year and a day of the approval or would have to reapply for the special exception.

The board approved the special use exception application with a 5-0 vote.

The board also reviewed an application for 68 Atlantic Avenue, submitted by Steven Smith, seeking a variance from the Town’s front- and side-yard setback regulations, for an attached accessory structure.

Smith told the board that the building would be used for a bakery and, per ADA requirements, a handicapped ramp would need to be installed going from the back parking lot to the front porch. The ramp would encroach into the 30-foot front and 15-foot side-yard setbacks on a parcel zoned GB-1.

Smith said the variance requested was the minimum needed to install the ramp.

The board voted 5-0 to approve the variance.