What I found amazing was that there was a Board of Adjustment member who actually believed in personal property rights. Check this out.
A few board members noted since the parking lot is privately owned, the school should be able to use it as it pleases, so long as city standards are met.
“If they wanted to board it up, if they wanted to barricade it off and just sit there and stare at an empty piece of dirt, they could absolutely do that, and that’s their right,” board member Mark Monson said.
Would that Moscow had more Board of Adjustment members who believed that private property didn’t belong to the public.
South Jackson Street lot is owned by New Saint Andrews but is currently used by public
The Moscow Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a conditional-use permit Tuesday night that will allow New Saint Andrews College to designate an unregulated parking lot the school owns on South Jackson Street for its students and employees during regular business hours.
The approval partially satisfies the off-street parking requirement of the school’s newest location at the former Cadillac Jack’s building on North Main Street.
The institution obtained a CUP in 2017 with two conditions for it to move forward with converting the CJ’s building into a music conservatory for up to 300 students, including that it must provide 47 off-street parking spaces within a quarter mile of the CJ’s building. The school is allowed to phase in the parking, but 50 percent of the required spots must be available before the building can be occupied.
The parking lot is located at 421 S. Jackson St., just south of Canyon Creek Church and north of the NSA designated parking lot, which provides parking for the school’s existing campus near Friendship Square. The lot is 0.21 miles from the CJ’s building and is expected to provide 25 parking spaces.
Although the parking lot is owned by NSA, it has been unregulated, meaning the public has been able to use it.