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Home business shifts to Bewley Building after planners reject expansion

LOCKPORT – A woman who wanted to keep her medical business in her home was turned by the City of Lockport Planning Board this week, but Wednesday she said she has signed a lease for space in Lockport’s Bewley Building, whose assistant manager is Planning Board Chairwoman Charlene Seekins-Smith.

Marianne Urtel’s home occupation request on Lincolnshire Drive was turned down Monday because the business had become too large – Alderman Patrick W. Schrader said there are eight employees – and neighbors in the cul-de-sac were complaining about the number of vehicles parked there.

“This is an absolutely residential area, and a precedent cannot be set,” Alderman John Lombardi III said.

Urtel canceled a public hearing on a special use permit which had been scheduled at Wednesday’s Common Council meeting, announcing that she had “found a great space” to continue her business.