Sharkan Supply to lease office space
David Johnsen and Sharkan Supply owner Jose Abud came before the Hanover Township Zoning Hearing Board Nov. 29, 2018, to request an expanded use for the company’s building products center.
The company’s location on Weaversville Road was downsized when most of the employees moved to the Pennsylvania Perlite Corporation facility on Mauch Chunk Road, Bethlehem. Both companies are owned by Abud.
The Weaversville location for Sharkan Supply is a contractor’s outlet. What Johnsen proposed to the board is that the township allow the company to rent office space above the outlet store to contractors or contractor representatives.
The offices have space for approximately seven people. The ground-floor wholesale outlet has four employees during the day to handle contractor requests.
In the application, Johnsen used a parking allocation that pushed the number of approved parking places above the limit allowed in the zoning criteria.
There is additional space on the property that is not used. In the event that additional parking was needed, additional space could be paved.
The owner prefers to add spaces only if needed in an effort to keep costs under control.
The board had a few concerns. The first was to ensure that enough parking was available for contractors who visit the store. Johnsen estimated they may have up to five contractors in the store during the day.
“Of our total sales, about 40 percent are delivered,” he said.
The deliveries decrease the potential for vehicle congestion during the regular workday.
The board approved the reduced parking requirements but did want to see striped parking spaces that conformed to the township’s 9-feet-by-18-feet parking space size.
The other concern was the makeup of the businesses on the second floor. The objective was to restrict the businesses to professional offices.
“We really don’t want to see customer-oriented businesses in the mix,” Chairman Dean Hausman said.
The company agreed to restrict the type of business.
According to Johnsen, there are no specific clients for the space.