A request for a rehearing of the Board of Zoning Appeals’ approval of plans to build a self-storage center on the Davis Church property in Sterling found no support last week.
Board members said there was no merit to the claim that the developer, The Young Group LLC, failed to notify neighboring property owners of last month’s the hearing in a timely fashion.
“Given that we’ve not settled the notice issue, I don’t think there are any proper grounds for reconsidering what we did last time,” said board member E. Page Moffett, who voted against The Young Group’s application when the board considered it.
The Young Group applied to take down the unused church building at the corner of Davis Drive and West Church Road in Sterling as part of its development. After a group of citizens formed to protect the building, The Young Group offered to preserve the front part of the building by relocating it to another part of the property and creating a “pocket park.”
Bill Ewing, who has been a leader of community opposition to the plan, and others have said that didn’t go far enough.
Alternate board member Clint Good pointed out that opponents of the project appeal the BZA’s ruling to the Circuit Court.
Ewing said he is “considering all options.”