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Lincoln Avenue home Ok'd for renovation

A house set back off Lincoln Avenue will be undergoing renovations in the near future. The structure, located at 1121 E. Lincoln Ave. in Sunnyside, which is currently in a B-2, general commercial zone, was approved for a conditional use permit Wednesday night at the Sunnyside Board of Adjustment meeting. The house belongs to Norberto Bobadilla, and will be used as a rental home, according to Tom Biehl, a local realtor who attending the meeting and spoke on behalf of Bobadilla.

According to City Attorney Mark Kunkler, the B-2 zone allows for the continuation of a non-conforming single-family residence provided that the house is maintained. Kunkler said that because the rehabilitation of the structure exceeds 25 percent of the value of the property, a conditional use permit is needed so the building can be inhabited once renovations are complete.

Kunkler said that the use of the house as a residence does not conflict with existing surrounding uses.

"We recommend that the board consider this favorably," said Kunkler.

Biehl said that although he is speaking for Bobadilla, he also holds a financial interest in seeing the property rehabilitated. Biehl told members of the board that he is holding the contract on the house and his interest lies in Bobadilla being able to rent the house and make payments to him.

He said that with a rental property shortage in Sunnyside, he feels that it is beneficial to allow the house to be used as a residence.

As a part of the approval, a site plan will be required of the property owner. Curb, gutter and sidewalk will be required as a part of the development. The residence must also comply with all R-2 zoning requirements and the owner will be required to acknowledge all existing commercial uses near the house, said Kunkler.

. Melissa Dekker can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail mdekker@eaglenewspapers.com

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