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How can someone build a second house on a lot on Clear Run Drive?

Julian March

Q. The Wilmington planning department has approved four permits for the construction of a separate, single family dwelling to be built on a non-subdivided lot at 5424 Clear Run Drive in College Acres. There is an existing home on that lot. The property is in R-15 zoning. How can someone build another full house on a lot with an existing house when the neighborhood covenants (which are registered) prevent it?

A. This question was forwarded to John Fullerton, the city of Wilmington’s zoning administrator.

In an email, Fullerton said, “What has been permitted is a new garage with some living space overhead. The living space will not be a residential unit (no kitchen) as it is oversized according to present code.

“Both city and county inspectors are aware and watching this application.”


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3 Responses to “ How can someone build a second house on a lot on Clear Run Drive?”

  1. On March 18, 2013 at 1:16 pm Concerned citizen wrote:

    Thank you.

  2. On March 20, 2013 at 10:44 am anne russell wrote:

    Makes perfect sense to allow an apartment over a garage. Just wish a kitchen were also allowed. Historically, extended families had living spaces for relatives on their own property, so that older family members could be attended to without consignment to a nursing home.

  3. On April 17, 2013 at 11:00 am Anonymous wrote:

    I personally think what they have done looks great. They have replaced windows, put new vinyl siding up and painted the outside brick. The home had been neglected before. I live near the area and love watching it transform. Kudos to them for the updates. It looks beautiful. As for the addition, it goes without saying that they need more garage space for their cars. The addition matches the house and I think it all looks cohesive and pretty. They seem like really nice people.

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