Covenant House approved for storage building

Covenant House received approval from the Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday to build a storage building on its property.

The 12-by-24, one-story building will sit along a front setback on Shrewsbury Street and one along Christopher Street, which violates an ordinance that doesn’t allow such accessory structures to be in front yards. The zoning board granted Covenant House a variance.

The building will be used to store “a little bit of everything,” said property manager Phil Hainer.

Covenant House would have a financial hardship if it had to rent storage elsewhere, said Ed Weber, president of Covenant House’s board.

“It would be greatly appreciated if the board would see favorably upon the request,” Webber said.

Covenant House is a nonprofit organization that focuses on providing direct services — such as housing assistance, access to food and emergency financial assistance — to individuals throughout the Kanawha Valley.

Although the shed will sit in a side yard along Christopher Street, the organization has plans to place it alongside an elevated section of an Interstate 64 exit ramp.

The city’s Planning Department recommended the board approve the variance since the building’s position wouldn’t adversely affect Covenant House’s neighbors.

“It’s the best place on the site for them to position it,” said neighborhood planner Lori Brannon. “That way, they don’t lose much-needed parking.”

No one spoke against the request.

Reach Rachel Molenda at or 304-348-5102.

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