Minden businessman Jimmy Hall is one step closer to turning a home in the Historic Residential District of Minden into a bed and breakfast, thanks to a zoning variance granted by the Minden Planning Commission.
The board, consisting of Robert Whitaker, Franklin Musgrow, Steve Bryan, Sarah Haynes and Linda Miller, voted 4 to 1 to grant the variance to allow the bed and breakfast/entertainment venue. Miller cast the lone dissenting vote.
Hall is not completely home free in his quest to purchase the 5,300 square foot home located at 1114 Broadway, owned by Charles Rathbun, as an appeal to the Minden City Council is already in the works.
Following the two-hour meeting today, historic district resident Charlotte Jones said, "Officially, there will be an appeal."
It's a move Hall was expecting, and he said he is sorry some of the residents oppose his idea.
"I'm sure they will probably appeal it (variance)," Hall said.
During the meeting, several residents and businesspersons spoke on both sides of the issue. Those against it feared noise from events, such as weddings, receptions and parties would be a problem, as well as traffic and parking.
One of the residents opposed to the variance was local CPA/attorney Luther Moore, who lives next door to the house. Moore said that while those were issues, they were not his main concern.
"The issue is whether a property owner should be allowed to operate a business zoned R-2 (residential) without the OK of the other residents," he said. "It's not a debate on whether we need the facility. There are plenty of other places it could be."
The variance placed on the property by MPC gives Hall the right to turn the property into a bed and breakfast/entertainment venue; however, according to the zoning ordinance, if the property is not used for that purpose for one year, or Hall decides to sell the property or dies, the variance is null.
"In other words, his (Hall's) children cannot inherit the property and still operate it as allowed by the variance," Brent Cooley, building official for the city said.