Friday, November 20, 2009

Appeals Board Approves Height Variance For Tennis Courts

“Members of Salina’s Board of Zoning Appeals took little time Thursday in approving a request to allow the new Genesis Health Club in South Salina to raise the roof in building a new tennis complex. The health club, at the southwest corner of Ninth and Cloud streets, planned to build an addition onto its south side to house four tennis courts and two racquetball courts. The owners wanted to have at least 35 feet of ceiling space to meet U.S. Tennis Federation guidelines. But city code limits building heights in that area to 35 feet — and the building needs some five feet of space above the ceiling for structure, insulation and wiring. City staff had recommended approving the variation from code, noting that the indoor tennis courts have ‘unique requirements’ and that the additional five feet of height wouldn’t affect neighboring properties. The appeals board voted 6-0 in favor of the plan.”

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