“It was my mistake, my responsibility,” Daniels said. “We’re not asking them to remove the building because it was the city’s mistake.”

Joel Daniels, Safety-Service Director

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Joshua Morrison/News A 44-foot-by-60-foot storage barn has been erected at 226 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon. The structure was granted a zoning permit by the city of Mount Vernon, but violates several city zoning ordinances.

 

MOUNT VERNON — “I made a mistake,” were the first words from Safety-Service Director Joel Daniels when asked about the structure that has gone up at 226 Martinsburg Road, Mount Vernon.

The garage measures 44-feet-by-60-feet, and at 22-feet tall, stands out in the neighborhood.

When the zoning permit came to his office, Daniels said he should have asked for drawings which were to scale (which the contractor had available) and he missed the provision that an accessory building can’t be more than 35 percent of the size of the primary building, which is the house at 228 Martinsburg Road.

 

Submitted graphic This drawing, acquired from the City of Mount Vernon through a public records request, was attached to the zoning permit application filed for a proposed structure on Martinsburg Road. City officials approved the permit without the proper plans and without determining if the building would meet zoning requirements.

Submitted Graphic

This drawing, acquired from the City of Mount Vernon through a public records request, was attached to the zoning permit application filed for a proposed structure on Martinsburg Road. City officials approved the permit without the proper plans and without determining if the building would meet zoning requirements.

 

 

Chuck Martin: 740-397-5333 or cmartin@mountvernonnews.com and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews

 

 

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