Montgomery Board of Adjustment grants variance for two businesses

Blue Wave Car Wash was granted a variance to operate with its concrete facade instead of a stucco facade.

Blue Wave Car Wash was granted a variance to operate with its concrete facade instead of a stucco facade.

Two businesses received variance approval from the Montgomery Board of Adjustment at a special meeting June 12.

The first, a drive-thru doughnut shop called Best Donuts at 20998 Eva St., Montgomery, is allowed to have seven parking spots instead of the required nine. Outgoing City Administrator Jack Yates said because of the drive-thru nature of the store and the odd shape of the lot, the variance was warranted.

“So in this shape, in this condition, it’s a triangular-shaped lot, so that opens the door for the variance,” Yates said.

The second business was Blue Wave Car Wash, which is currently still under construction at 20210 Eva St., Montgomery. The variance granted allows the business to have its current, concrete facade instead of adding a stucco layer over it.

Helen Stallkamp, a lawyer representing Blue Wave, said the company plans on having extensive landscaping on the property, including several trees and bushes.

“The requirement is 10%; they have 35% of their landscaping,” Stallkamp said.

Stallkamp said if Blue Wave were required to add a stucco layer, it would cost approximately $104,000. She said this was an undue burden on the owner.

At the time of plan approval, the city engineer and the building inspector did not include the facade as part of their review, according to documents submitted to the board by Yates.

Board member John Fox said it seemed unfair the city had given approval to the plans and was now holding up construction because of a mistake.

“There’s nothing wrong with the way this building looks,” Fox said. “There’s nothing wrong with the materials out there; it fits in well with the shopping center out there.”

Board member Rebecca Huss said she supported the variance as long as the company kept with its proposed landscaping coverage. Both variances passed unanimously.
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By Andy Li



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