Dr. Frances Koblenzer, the owner of 175 Springdell Road in West Marlborough, has received permission to add a second story to her 800-square-foot garage. As proposed, there will be two bedrooms and a sitting room on the new second floor, and as part of the renovation project, part of the ground floor will be turned into a mudroom, changing room, and bathroom, with a stairway up to the second floor. (Period Architecture Ltd. of Chadds Ford designed the project.)
In granting permission for the expansion, the township zoning hearing board said she could not install a kitchen and could not rent out the unit. In legal terms, "The use of the accessory barn/garage building as so expanded shall be limited to occupancy by relatives and friends, such that it shall never be leased as a rental unit of any kind, and will not [be] put to any use not involving occupancy by family members and/or friends."
Dr. Koblenzer needed to appear before the zoning board before starting the project because her garage already exceeds the maximum 15-foot height for an outbuilding permitted by the township's zoning code, and adding the second story would further increase the height by six feet (from the current 20 feet to the proposed 26 feet).