Zoners OK Pie’s On request
John Landi, the owner of Pie’s On Pizzeria, went before Catasauqua Borough Zoning Hearing Board Sept. 18 to ask for a variance for a property at 413 Second St. The property, once used as a gas station, sits in the middle of a mixed-use, predominantly residential area.
The board unanimously approved the request.
Landi plans to use the area for limited storage for his pizza business and to store classic cars that he and his father acquired.
There was some question among the board if there was even a need for a variance since the property has always been used for commercial purposes.
Landi proposes to clean up the parking lot in front of the building by removing an old pump island used by the gas station. He is also looking at replacing the existing garage doors.
The board had a few concerns. The primary issue was parking. There is a restriction that Landi must provide adequate parking for residential living quarters next to the garage. Since commercial truck deliveries can be made and are anticipated at the storage location, the board restricted any overnight parking or long-term parking.
Further restrictions included a ban on any signage. A restriction on outdoor storage was modified to state that anything stored outside must be fenced or hidden from casual view.
Landi explained to the board that there are instances where he receives product on pallets and those pallets are returned to the vendor. Often, the pallets are stored outside the building while waiting for pickup.