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Butler halts Robin's Home renovations due to zoning issues

May 23, 2018 News Extra

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The Butler zoning and code enforcement office has issued a cease-and-desist order against Robin's Home, a proposed shelter for homeless female veterans and their children, because it didn't obtain the required permits before starting renovations.

Robins' Home is classified as transitional housing under the city zoning ordinance and needs a special exception to open in the residential neighborhood where its located, said city solicitor Tom Breth.

Connect Inc, an affiliate of Southwestern Pennsylvania Human Services of Westmoreland County which operates the shelter, has yet to apply to the zoning hearing board for the special exception, but started renovation work. Mayor Ben Smith said code enforcement officials have allowed minor work like painting to continue while the special exception issues are being resolved.

One of the two residents who live near Robin's Home, located at the corner of Pearl and Elm streets, spoke out Tuesday against allowing the shelter to open. Her comments, which came during the City Council forum meeting, mentioned the order.

The board would conduct a hearing into the special exception permit application, Breth said.

Read why neighbors are objecting to Robin's Home in the Butler Eagle.

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