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York Bar in Connellsville seeking to add outside pavilion

| Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

Site review plans for an addition to a bar and the renovation of an auto parts store were approved by the Connellsville Planning Commission.

Connellsville Code Enforcement Officer Tom Currey said Tuesday the owner of the York Bar filed a site review for a pavilion extension to the outside of the bar along York Avenue.

Currey said the dimensional variance was already approved by the county zoning board, which informed the bar's owner that a second smaller structure would have to be removed. It was planned to be a smokehouse for barbecue.

The pavilion will be extra space for the bar's patrons.

Currey said the pavilion will not be exempt from the existing zoning ordinance and alcoholic beverages won't be served in that area, just the bar area inside the building.

Glenn Wolfe, an engineer with Widmer Engineering, said the only concern he had with the proposal was with parking. Currey said one extra parking space is needed for the extension.

However, because patrons use street parking and after-hours parking at a nearby barbershop, the board approved the plan.

Another site review was for the building that held the former Opperman Auto Parts store along Third Street at West Crawford Avenue.

Currey said the request is for a generic build-out for possible retail on the first floor and apartment rentals on the second floor.

Wolfe had no issue with the request and the board approved it.

Both site review plans will be sent to the county for approval.

In other business, the board approved the following:

• A small addition to a house along East Patterson Avenue.

• Construction of a shed along Vine Street.

• An addition to a house along East Murphy Avenue.

• Construction of a shed along Johnson Avenue.

Mark Hofmann is a staff writer with Trib Total Media.

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