Otto’s BMW gets OK for expansion

Birmingham supervisors approve four requests

By Kris Firey-Poling, Correspondent, The Times


Secretary/Treasurer Quina Nelling and Supervisors Scott Boorse and John Conklin discuss township issues at Monday night’s Birmingham Board of Supervisors meeting.

BIRMINGHAM — Monday’s Board of Supervisors meeting was short in duration but large in productivity as all of the requests made to the board were approved. The appeals included commercial and private construction.

After many months of discussion and planning, the board approved Otto’s BMW land development plan. The construction, to begin in early October, will include a 20,000-square foot addition. Signal lights will also be added in both directions on US-202.

In addition, the board supported a proposal by Richard and Anne Gates and William Carl and Pamela Rappolt on Eleni Lane. The couples want to reconstruct their current shared driveway and culvert which are located in the Flood Hazard District. The Zoning Hearing Board will conduct a public meeting on September 23rd at 7:00 p.m. to review the application request.

Also, Anthony Diver’s request to build a new home in the historic district at 1236 Birmingham Road was approved. Diver will demolish the existing house and build a two-story, 6000 square feet house that includes a four-car garage. According to Historical Architectural Review Board (HARB) minutes, Diver worked with his neighbors to plan construction materials, lighting, and landscaping.

The last request, from new resident Gino Razzi at 1140 West Street Road, was to replace an old shed with a new one at the same site. The board quickly approved Razzi’s request, and welcomed him to the township.

“I am personally thrilled that you have cleaned up this property,” exclaimed Secretary/Treasurer Quina Nelling.

The board agreed, telling Razzi that his 23+ acres look great.

In other news, Cathy Wilson, Board Member of the West Chester Public Library, thanked the board and township for their 2015 financial support. According to Wilson, 112 residents are card holders, a statistic that underestimates multiple members per family. Birmingham residents have participated in many activities including Lego and Chess Clubs, Speaker series, and Storytime.

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