Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Columbia council overrides Historical Architectural Review Board on painting of Bootleg Antiques building

What happened: A controversial project to finish painting a brick building in Columbia's historic district got a go-ahead from Borough Council, which voted 4-3 to override a recommendation from the borough Historical Architectural Review Board to deny a permit for the project.

Why it matters: Council members allege the building's owner violated a borough law by beginning the work without a permit. The decision will allow William R. Pflumm, the owner of the complex at 155 Bridge St., to complete the painting project begun June. Council members who voted in favor of the permit argued there was little choice at this point because so much of the building was already painted, and it would be unattractive to leave it unfinished.


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