Lawyers hoping to buy the vacant Brayshaw House and turn it into their office have reached a tentative agreement with a neighborhood committee on changes to the historical property.
"Once I give them my written assurances, I think we will be OK," said Robert J. Fuoco, one of two lawyers planning to buy the property at the corner of Padfield Boulevard and Second Avenue.
The house was built in the mid-19th century. Dr. Thomas Brayshaw, noting that the town of Glen Burnie lacked a physician, acquired the house in 1889. He lived there and had his office there until he died in 1927, but the house still bears his name.
Mr. Fuoco said the lawyers hope to settle on the property in about one month. His partner, former County Councilman Michael F. Gilligan, said they would like to relocate their offices from North Arundel Plaza early next year.
To turn the residence into a law office, the lawyers would need a variance from the county allowing it to be used for professional offices. County officials would be more likely to approve the change if the surrounding community does not find it objectionable, the lawyers said.
Across Second Avenue from the Brayshaw property and behind it are private houses, and the old house itself is zoned residential. But the house looks out on the backs of businesses that line Crain Highway.
Area residents are concerned that the appearance of the big white house framed by huge trees and lilac bushes not be dramatically changed. The Glen Burnie Improvement Association will discuss the lawyers' plans at a meeting set for 8 p.m. Tuesday at the GBIA building on Crain Highway at First Avenue. No vote is scheduled.
The lawyers plan to put parking spaces on the side of house.