(Atlantic) An Atlantic business owner seeking a 24-month extension to meet city inspection codes or face fines received a one-month extension this week.
A letter was sent to Roger Steffens last March stating that his property at the corner of 5th and Poplar Street needed to be brought up to specs by October 1, or he would face fines of $250.00 for every month after that. Roger Steffens, owner of the S.F. Martin House appeared in front of the city Council Wednesday night and explained that he would not be able to meet the October 1 deadline.
According to Atlantic Mayor Dave Jones, Steffens needs to make the front entrance safe and put up new siding and paint it. Steffens claimed it would detract from his goals of complete restoration of the S.F. Martin House which is listed as a “National Register” property. Steffens wants more time to fully restore his “Bed and Breakfast” and needs to work unrestrained for the next 24-months to ensure quality workmanship on the exterior just as the interior is now.
Steffens met with Assistant Atlantic City Administrator John Lund Thursday morning, and was given a one-month extension. The stipulations include; new siding on the east side of the structure, paint it and remodel the east entry way to make it safe. Lund said the one-month extension would be all the wiggle room the city would give in this case.
September 21, 2012