The house at 542 Levick St.
in Lawncrest is three stories and zoned residential.
If owner Chandler Le gets his way, the Zoning Board of Adjustment will vote later this month to approve a variance allowing Le to operate his accountant business from the first floor of the home. Currently vacant, the house would be converted to accommodate Le's business on the first floor, while Le and his wife and children would live on the second and third floors.
Though Lawncrest Community Association members voted 26-11 last night to support Le's plan, members had several questions about Le's intentions and the future of the property.
Members approved the plan with three provisos:
- the property be owner-occupied
- the property be used exclusively for Le's business and his family
- the property not have off-street parking
Le expressed to LCA members that the budget constraints of starting a new business prevented him from setting up shop in one of the many vacant storefronts on Rising Sun Avenue, the neighborhood's primary business corridor. Taking a leap of faith by allowing Le to operate a business on a residential block, members had the other dilemma of whether to change the property's zoning.