Zoning Board Approves Variances for Haunted House, Two Houses

Photo by Alex Meyer Wheeling’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved a variance on required off-street parking on April 16 for this building at 4302 Jacob St. The building’s owner plans to open a haunted house on the property.

The city’s Board of Zoning appeals approved variances for a planned haunted house in South Wheeling and two other properties at its meeting April 16.

The board unanimously approved a request to reduce the amount of required off-street parking for a building at 4302 Jacob St., where property owner Sean Cooley plans to open a haunted house.

City code requires that indoor recreational facilities have 51 parking spaces, but Cooley said his property lacks the space for such parking because of the “S-style” turn Jacob Street takes alongside it.

According to the letter, Cooley plans to open a haunted house at the industrial building on the property. The attraction itself would only be open 22 days out of the year, and much on-street parking is available on nearby 42nd, 43rd and Water streets, he said.

One neighbor attended the meeting and expressed concerns about the lack of parking the attraction could create, said Tom Connelly, assistant director of economic and community development for the city. In response, Cooley said he plans to have two Wheeling police officers present during events to manage the potential crowd.

The neighbor then withdrew their opposition to the variance and the board approved the request.

The board approved a variance to reduce a side-yard setback at a residential property at 4 Ridge St., where the property owner plans to build a new carport. No one attended the meeting to speak for or against the matter.

The board also approved a variance to reduce the rear-yard setback at a home at 3 Pavilack Court to enclose a patio on the property. Similarly, no one spoke or against the matter at the meeting.

In addition, the board swore in a new member, Robert Dobkin, a trust officer at WesBanco. Dobkin, appointed by Mayor Glenn Elliott on April 2, fills a vacancy on the board in a position lasting for three years.

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