MAXTON —Visitors will have a new place to stay after the Board of Commissioners on Tuesday approved a conditional-use permit for a bed and breakfast in Maxton.
The board unanimously approved the request made by Sharon Sachpatzidis, who wants to operate the business in a home at 412 McCaskill Ave.
Interim Town Manager Angela Pitchford wasn’t sure when the bed and breakfast would open.
“She’s been trying to open it since 2010,” Pitchford said. “She had some issues, so she had to delay the project. She really wants to open it up as soon as possible.”
A resident who lives across the street from the home told the board she supports the business.
“I am delighted that a resident has the courage … to bring a fine, wonderful to business,” she said. “It could not possibly bring my property down. I have lived across from this lady for a year and a half. Her home, her yard, her manners are impeccable. I would like for our community to show gratitude for someone having the courage to bring something new to this town.”
Also on Tuesday, the board approved a text amendment to the town’s zoning ordinance to allow the Birdseye Renewable Energy facility in its location on Charlie Watts Road, which is currently a residential district. The facility includes 30 acres of solar panels that provide energy for a Progress Energy substation that is across the street.
“What they had to do was make an amendment to add ‘solar farm’ to it so that it could stay there,” Pitchford said.
In other action on Tuesday, the board heard from interim Police Chief Tammy Deese, who said that the town will observe National Night Out on Aug. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. in Beacham Park. The event will include free food and entertainment.