Home-Based Service Prompts Complaints from Neighbors

Posted on December 27, 2001 by LCT Staff - Also by this author - About the author

Since she moved into her Pittsburgh neighborhood in 1997, Marie Costanza of Costanza's Chauffeur Service has been dealing with unhappy neighbors.

Neighbors have complained to borough officials about vehicle parking on the street or lawns and noises associated with the early-morning cleaning of the vehicles.

?We moved the vehicles on Dec. 3,? Costanza said.

She explained that the parking issues had been resolved, and she promptly dismissed any noise concerns.

?When I first moved here, I called people at the borough and was told that [this business] was acceptable,? she said.

A day after the move, she received a citation from the borough's code enforcement officer that was filed Nov. 19 and is scheduled for a Jan. 14 hearing at a district justice?s office. A borough code enforcement officer said that the citation was for violation of an ordinance prohibiting any home occupation involving rental or sale of vehicles or equipment.

Council members said that they hoped that relocating the limousines would resolve this issue. Costanza said that she hoped the citation issue would be resolved to her liking. (For more on this story see the February issue of LCT.)

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