Pierz may soon have a bed and breakfast

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

The Pierz City Council granted a conditional use permit to Penny Buch, who wants to turn this home at 109 Third Ave. N.E. in Pierz into a bed and breakfast, with three guest rooms.

The Pierz City Council granted a conditional use permit to Penny Buch, who wants to turn this home at 109 Third Ave. N.E. in Pierz into a bed and breakfast, with three guest rooms.

The public hearing regarding the granting of a conditional use permit (CUP) for a bed and breakfast in Pierz was short and sweet — about eight minutes.

The only question about the CUP request to rezone a home on Third Avenue Northeast from residential to commercial came from Barb Tretter, owner of the Hillbilly Haven and Bootleggers Bar. She asked whether anyone could ask for a residential property to be zoned commercial, and said that could happen all over town.

The Council said the CUP was good only for Penny Buch, the owner of the home. If she should sell the property, the zoning would revert back to residential.

Mayor Toby Egan explained that this type of CUP most likely would not happen all over town. Consideration was given to the fact that the  home sits next to property already zoned commercial.

City Administrator Anna Gruber said the best place for a CUP of this type is on a property already adjacent to the business district.

Mary Korf, a member of the Pierz Planning and Zoning Board, said an example of how the CUP works only for the current owner was a photography studio in town. It was set in a residential area and was a business that the Planning and Zoning Board knew wouldn’t attract a lot of traffic. When the owners sold their home and moved, the lot zoning went back to a residential status.

Buch, for whom the CUP was granted, currently lives in Illinois. She plans to move to Pierz to live on the main level and offer three sleeping rooms in the bed and breakfast.

She is purchasing the home from owner Andy Thielen. Thielen said the closing is expected to take place the end of May.

Todd Preimesberger, the real estate agent in the purchase, said the sale of the home was contingent upon the Council granting the CUP.

“She takes possession at the end of May,” said Preim-esberger.

 

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