By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Zoning officials gave a former town councilor the green light to build a duplex on property he owns on Beaver Lake Avenue.
The Zoning Board granted Kevin Coyle a variance to replace two aging cottages on his property with a new, two-family duplex.
Coyle said he already tore down the cottages, both of which were 50 years old or older.
He said he would be decreasing the number of bedrooms on the site from five to four, and would be building the duplex to meet all town rules and regulations.
“There are already several duplexes in the neighborhood,” he said. “If I have no other option, I would replace the two (cottages) that were there.”
Coyle said by building the duplex he would bring a new life to the property. Coyle and his family live nearby on North Shore Road.
“I am simply trying to improve the neighborhood,” he said. “I have lived in that neighborhood for 15 years.”
A pair of abutters to Coyle’s Beaver Lake Avenue property spoke out against the duplex plan.
Seth Enright lives at 78 Beaver Lake Ave. and said he bought his property from Coyle about 13 years ago.
“I have to apologize to Kevin,” he said, “but I don’t feel a duplex in the neighborhood is keeping with that neighborhood.”
Even without the variance, Coyle could rebuild the two cottages on his lot. The new duplex would meet all the town’s setback requirements.
Zoning Board official Al Dimmock said Coyle has a right to do what he wants with his land.
“I think it’s a reasonable request,” Dimmock said. “He has the right to the reasonable use of his property.”