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Friday, July 19, 2002


Small Stearns Street houses to get additions

The Carlisle Board of Appeals granted two special permits for additions to houses next to one another on Stearns Street on July 2. The board seemed pleased that these modest houses were being preserved in a neighborhood where there have been a number of teardowns of similar-sized houses.

The applications were for two cape-style houses built circa 1960 on less than two-acre lots. Any additions to houses built on non-conforming lots require a special permit from the board of appeals.

The Ruettgers of Bedford Road had recently purchased the house at 46 Stearns Street. Their architect presented plans to the board which would maintain the cape form and build an addition of 1,046 square feet, less than maximum allowed 50% of the square-footage of the original house. The addition would consist of a breakfast bay and a master bedroom suite with a two-car garage underneath. The structure would be within the 40-foot setback with no variances required. The board approved this plan and said it was a totally conforming addition on a non-conforming one-acre lot.

The Dennisons at 78 Stearns Street had a similar request. Their house is situated on 1.5 acres of land. Their addition would consist of a first-floor family room with bathroom, a two-bay garage, and two bedrooms on the second floor. All building will be within 40-foot setback, but the number of additional square feet appeared to be slightly over the 50% size limit so a variance was also needed. The board granted the necessary special permit and variance citing that "although the square-footage is slightly over the 50% it doesn't derogate from the intent of the by-laws." Further, because the Dennisons did not take into account such elements as knee walls, closets and chimneys in their calculations of square footage of original house, there is uncertainty as to the exact dimensions.

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