Zoning board grants variances to psychologist

HERMITAGE, Pa. -- The Hermitage Zoning Hearing Board will allow a psychologist to convert a house at 40 Cohassett Drive into a private office.
Dr. Barbara Paglia had filed a request for zoning variances to put her office on the property, which is zoned as central commercial.
She sought variances to allow off-street parking on an unpaved surface as well as waiving of certain curbing requirements, the interconnection of off-street parking areas as required in central commercial districts, and buffer-strip requirements.
Nathan Zampogna, city zoning officer, said one person living next to the Cohassett Drive house had e-mailed the city with an objection to the plan, but that person did not attend Monday's zoning-board hearing.
Paglia's requests were granted, although the board did insist that a wooden fence around three sides of the property be repaired and maintained.
In a second issue, the board granted Faith Presbyterian Church of 2370 N. Hermitage Road a variance on a front-yard setback requirement for an 84-by-51-foot addition to its building.
City zoning regulations require a 50-foot setback from the street, but this project will be only 45 feet from the road, Zampogna said.

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