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Owner: Plainville Avenue Garage Will Conform

Structure was approved by Famington zoning officials and falls within local regulations.

When the foundation was poured on the lawn of 267 Plainville Ave., people wondered what it would be. When the large red outbuilding rose, people wondered ‘is that legal?’ 

Lucius Whitaker III, who lives in the house and built the garage with the help of some friends, wonders why people can’t mind their own business. 

In fact, Whitaker says he’s heard from lots of people about his new garage -mostly complaints. 

Town officials, too, have heard the complaints. Town Planner Jeffery Ollendorf said his office has received numerous complaints about the structure.

But both Ollendorf and Whitaker say the garage conforms to the town’s zoning regulations, as long as Whitaker follows through on certain conditions.

First, the garage must be attached. An attached garage is allowable in Farmington and its size is measured relative to the house.

"The garage square-footage cannot exceed 75 percent of the living area of the house,” Ollendorf explained. “He does qualify for that regulation as well.”

The garage, which is steel construction, is not yet attached to the house. The zoning office has repeatedly reminded Whitaker that he must attach the garage to house.

“We plan to attach it to the house,” Whitaker said. “There’s going to be a breezeway from the house to the garage.” 

A second condition is that the building not be used for commercial vehicles. While commercial vehicles have surrounded the garage lately, Whitaker says he wanted the garage to store his boat in and plans to bring it up once he can dig it out from the wreckage of Hurricane Sandy.

“He indicated to our office that he wants to store his boat and personal materials. We told him that would be fine, he just can’t use the building for commercial purposes,” Ollendorf said. “At this point most of project appears to be complete but it won’t be legal until he attaches it to the house. We’ve been out there several times to make sure he understands that’s part of the deal.”

The allowable placement of the building in relation to the house and its height would be different under Farmington regulations if the building were not attached.

Whitaker says he did everything by the book and he wishes everyone would leave him alone.

“Before I even put a bucket in the ground to dig the foundation, I went to the town, showed them what I wanted to do,” Whitaker said. “I am completely within the town’s guidelines and boundaries.”

“There’s got to be something more important than that I built a garage - it’s just ludicrous.”

dick haumann November 09, 2012 at 12:34 PM
Too many people with no other skills but tongue wagging....get a life
April Rogers November 09, 2012 at 01:08 PM
No complaints here, tho i did wonder what it was built for.. mystery solved! :) Good luck with your boat Mr. Whitaker!
john ryan November 09, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Enjoy your garage i pass it everyday and think it looks great.
Matt Smith November 09, 2012 at 02:42 PM
When you erect a monstrosity such as that, I agree with the residents questioning it. It’s not very pretty to look at in a residential area, I have my reservations about it as well, thankfully, he’s not my neighbor. It must be some pretty big boat.
Scott W November 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
It's ridiculous looking and not appropriate to the area he clearly is trying to get around attaching it to the house and let's be honest he is going to park his commercial work trucks in the structure. Neighbors have every right to make sure he following permit and zoning reg
Robert J. Saget November 09, 2012 at 06:33 PM
“There’s going to be a breezeway from the house to the garage.” Yeah, and I'm Santa Claus.
Bill Cowell November 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
Whatever to the word compatibility??. If that building is compatibility to the neighborhood, have a bridge for sale that can be used to connect the garage to the house. It's in Brooklyn...
Susan Ingvertsen November 09, 2012 at 08:43 PM
Robert, I'll be Mrs. Claus
Janet November 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
I find it amusing that your article refers to this building as a garage. It is a 3 story steel building that looks like it fell out of the sky. And to add character it's painted RED!! Really!! I guess the only good side is neighbors will have no problem giving directions to their homes. Just make a left after the big, ugly,red eyesore!!!!!!
Wade November 10, 2012 at 04:05 AM
To all those who don't think this is a problem, wait until your neighbor builds one of these next to your house, and your property value takes a hit! He can nail up a 2x4 to attach the "garage" to his house, and he complies with the reg! We need to stop this from happening again...you might be next!
bill rebillard November 10, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Seeing as how i don't live or pay taxes at 267 plainville ave i don't see how it is ANY of my buisness HINT-HINT
Jonathan Hughes November 11, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I read the article and the comments. I'm still trying to figure out why the "FarmingtonPatch" saw this as newsworthy and exactly what it is that Mr. Whitaker has done wrong.
sean parcells November 11, 2012 at 12:55 AM
If Mr. Whitaker builds his breezeway as proposed then he has complied .If you do not find it visually appealing it's not his problem it's yours...this one is done fix it so it does not happen again or stop whining..I'd be more worried about DC and your value anyways
John Henderson November 11, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Thank god i live with no nieghbors cause I cant stand ppl poking their pathetic no life noses in my business He followed the rules so leave it be and get a life!
Peg Quinn Williams November 11, 2012 at 10:40 PM
Steve Sheedy, I believe it would be an excellent venue for a Soup Kitchen a Half Way House for those recently released from various State Facilities or Homeless Vetereans. I applaud Mr Whitaker on his foresight!
Susan Ingvertsen January 24, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Has anyone seen the connecting "breezeway'?

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