Sumter City-County Board of Zoning Appeals approved a special exception request to permit the operation of a bed and breakfast at 24 Warren St.
The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four …
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The 5,622-square-foot Greek Revival-style mansion - also known as the Barnett house - with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half bathrooms sits on a 1.47-acre parcel, surrounded by commercial and residential structures.
Regarding the bed and breakfast, three of the bedrooms will be open to guests, and one parking space will be available per room.
While the corner of Warren Street at Washington Street is covered with businesses, one couple was apprehensive about the idea of commercial structures extending farther in to the residential portion of the neighborhood.
"I don't want to live next door to a business," said Phil Osborne, whose property sits next door to the proposed bed and breakfast.
The house should be occupied but not for the use of a business, he said.
Osborne said he was concerned about vehicles unfamiliar to him driving near his home at different times of the day and the potential for additional noise from the guests.
He said he was also concerned that approval for the bed and breakfast could lead to other uses for the space such as hosting events.
George McGregor, planning department director, clarified that using the property for events would require a rezoning request and another hearing.
Tracey McLaughlin, applicant and future bed and breakfast operator, said she and her husband originally planned to use their property to host events in the future but have since changed their minds.
McLaughlin said she is also expecting the business to attract a more quiet clientele who will work well with the residential side of the neighborhood.
"It's been a dream of mine to have a bed and breakfast," she said.
In compliance to the regulations regarding bed and breakfasts, the applicant has agreed to reside on the property and will not permit any guests to stay at the property for more than seven consecutive nights.
In other news, the board of zoning appeals also approved a request to subdivide a .42-acre parcel from a 12.93-acre lot on Myrtle Beach Highway so the applicant can sell a house and associated accessory buildings to a family member and did not take action on a special exception request to consider approval of a drinking place at 409 Rast St. because the applicant withdrew the request.
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