Power company appeals requirement to build walls around its substation


Allegheny Power Co. is returning to the Frederick County Board of Appeals in an effort to overturn a ruling that the utility build walls around a planned substation atop Parr's Ridge in Mount Airy.

The utility filed an appeal last week, two days before the deadline to challenge a Jan. 8 county planning commission decision.

The commission directed Allegheny Power to enclose its planned substation with masonry walls with brick veneer to hide most equipment from neighbors and motorists on Interstate 70. Plans for the substation have gone from the planning commission to the appeals board and back to the planning commission in the past 12 months.

The commission relied on county zoning law to require walls. But Allegheny Power representatives have insisted that they can't enclose the substation because of potential heat buildup in the equipment.

Allegheny Power plans to build a 6,000-square-foot, 34.5-kilovolt station on a half-acre of the site, with eventual plans to expand to 230 kilovolts on 2 1/2 acres.

The appeals board is scheduled to hear Allegheny Power's appeal at 7 p.m. March 25, in the first-floor hearing room of Winchester Hall, Frederick.

Pub Date: 2/10/97

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