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Zoning official rejects proposal for 24-hour diner in Perry Hall


The deputy zoning commissioner who issued an order denying a proposal for a 24-hour diner in Perry Hall was incorrectly identified in yesterday's Maryland section. The commissioner who issued the order is Timothy M. Kotroco.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Responding to residents' concerns that their nightly quiet could be disrupted, a Baltimore County zoning official rejected yesterday a proposal for a 24-hour diner in Perry Hall.

In a six-page order that turned down requests for zoning variances to let a diner be built near the intersection of Joppa and Belair roads, Deputy Zoning Commissioner Timothy M. Zotroco said the proposed 5,500-square-foot diner was too close to neighboring houses.

"This site is simply not an appropriate candidate for such a large-scale restaurant use, with exaggerated hours of operation as proposed," Zotroco wrote.

The ruling delighted Dorothy McMann, president of the Perry Hall Improvement Association. That group, concerned about the effect a diner would have on traffic at the intersection and the possibility that late-night revelers might be drawn to the community, voted last month to oppose the diner plan.

"I'm just glad that someone else saw the same things we saw," McMann said. "You can't put a square peg in a round hole. The property is too small for something that large.

"The people in this community aren't 24-hour people. We're homebodies."

George and Peggy Marmaras, owners of the property, said they were surprised by the decision. George Marmaras, owner of the Double-T Diner in Rosedale, called the ruling "ridiculous" and vowed to appeal it.

"If I have to I'm going to go to the Supreme Court for the case, because I paid a lot of money for that property, and that property is going to be developed," he said. He said he paid about $600,000 four years ago for the 1.02-acre property on the northwest corner of Joppa and Belair roads.

Pub Date: 12/18/96

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