Northland Community Council development committee members last week recommended approval of a variance that will permit a couple to make the former Northland Community Center pool in Sharon Woods their private residence while retaining the right to conduct three specific types of businesses on the site.

Northland Community Council development committee members last week recommended approval of a variance that will permit a couple to make the former Northland Community Center pool in Sharon Woods their private residence while retaining the right to conduct three specific types of businesses on the site.

The vote was 14-1 in favor of the request by Rose and Alex Man for the variance they are seeking, according to committee Chairman Dave Paul.

Paul said the council variance approach is far less costly for the couple than just rezoning the former public pool from commercial to residential.

The lone "no" vote was from a member who felt the rezoning route was the better way of handling the issue, Paul said.

"When we saw the property, we saw a lot of potential," Rose Man told committee members at last week's hearing.

Her husband likes swimming, she said, so they want to keep the pool, but at the same time turn the building in a modern residence.

"So I have to take a second job," husband Alex joked.

"I like the mid-century modern," Rose Man said.

The pool may not stay, she added.

"We need to empty it to see the extent of the damage," she said.

In seeking to retain permission for some commercial activity on the property, Rose Man said the couple only wanted two uses, one for a tutoring center and the other for a sort of farmers market to sell produce she plans to grow on the site.

Paul suggested the Mans might want to keep other possible uses in their variance application, such as a veterinary clinic and other types of operations Sharon Woods residents might not find objectionable.

Tutoring and a gardening center were the only ones they wanted to preserve, she said.

"The rest, not for us," she said.

"I wasn't really going to force her to force us to take up the question if they weren't interest in those additional uses," Paul said.

In the end, according to the chairman's report, committee members provided three permissible commercial uses for the site:

* Fruit and vegetable market

* Educational facility

* Garden center