American Police Motorcycle Museum seeks variance for boat storage plan

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By THOMAS P. CALDWELL, LACONIA DAILY SUN
MEREDITH — The owner of the American Police Motorcycle Museum went before the Meredith Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday, seeking a variance that would allow the property to be used for boat storage.
Doug Frederick made the case that allowing such a use is in character with the area, which already has automotive repair shops, and he argued that it would enhance the area and be a benefit to the community.
Frederick is hoping to sell the property, located on Route 3 at what formerly was Burlwood Antiques, and to move his motorcycle museum to another location.
Zoning Administrator Scott LaCroix said no one raised any objections during the hearing, and the board voted to postpone deliberations on the request to Thursday, Aug. 24.
Prior to hearing the variance request, the board denied Frederick’s appeal of an administrative decision that had found boat storage to be not an allowed use in that zone. Had the members of the Zoning Board overturned the decision, Frederick would not have had to seek the variance, but they denied his appeal because he had missed the deadline for submitting it.