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Zoning strikes out Honus Wagner home plans

2/16/2006 - Pittsburgh Pirates

CARNEGIE, Pa. -- Plans to turn the former home of Hall of Fame shortstop Honus Wagner into a bed-and-breakfast and museum were rejected by a zoning hearing board amid parking concerns, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Owners of the house several miles outside Pittsburgh had wanted
to restore it in time for the All-Star Game, which will be played
July 11 at PNC Park. Now, the owners will auction it in part or
whole around the time of the game, the newspaper reported.

"We're done," said Michael Gissin, president of Wagner
Carnegie Inc., which paid $130,000 for the house in October. "We
don't want anything the community doesn't want."

The Carnegie zoning hearing board voted 4-0 on Wednesday against
granting a variance that would have allowed the project in a
residential area.

The board's main concern was parking. Neighbors said parking is
sometimes difficult in the area.

Stanley Klos, a partner in the project, said the group wouldn't
appeal the decision.

Wagner moved into the three-story, yellow brick home in 1918, a
year after playing his last game for the Pirates.

Klos had spent $15,000 for builders' records for the home at an
auction. He intended to use them to guide restoration.