North Adams cab company likely will need to find new home
NORTH ADAMS -- With his company stretching the bounds of "home business," the owner of City Cab likely will have to find a new place to set up shop.
Michael McMillian, who has been accused violating several city regulations, is scheduled to appear before the Zoning Board of Appeals next month to seek permission to store cars overnight in a lot at second residence on Houghton Street, about a mile from where he lives.
The ZBA already has allowed him to park at an additional space at a driver's residence on Tyler Street, with the intention of reviewing at its Sept. 15 meeting the affect it has on neighbors.
But the board made it clear on Monday that it was unlikely he could retain his home business status if his cars are parked in a residential lot down the street.
"We pretty much extended that definition when we allowed you that second residence," said ZBA board Chairman Donald Pecor Jr. "It wasn't quite really a home occupation. You can't franchise it out."
City Cab has come under fire from officials for allegedly violating several city ordinances, including operating unlicensed vehicles, using unlicensed drivers, charging fees below the city-mandated rates, and smoking in vehicles in violation of state law. He also has been accused of running a third cab car despite only being licensed for two.
McMillian has acknowledged violating some of the regulations.
Those charges, which he will have to address with the Public Safety Committee on Sept. 2, are separate from the ZBA issue.
"Other issues you might have with the city are not our issues," Pecor said. "We are dealing solely with the location and perhaps the very large issue of home occupation."
McMillian, who opened his business at his Houghton Street residence in May, said he is looking into other options.
"It's just that the business has grown in ways that I hadn't expected," he said. "I'm looking for an office and proper parking; it's just easier said than done at this point."
Pecor asked that McMillian keep the board apprised of any changes in plans before the Sept. 15 meeting.
"I would hope this wouldn't be permanent," McMillian said of the residential lot.
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