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Buice buy on hold

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Brian Teeter, who is proposing to buy the building housing Buice Drug at 3011 W. Markham and an adjoining parking lot, may return to the Board of Adjustment to seek a new variance to allow off-street parking for a restaurant he hopes to put in the building, he said Tuesday.

Teeter would only go back with the support of the neighborhood, he said. If he decides to go forward with the plan, he'll meet with the Capitol View/Stifft Station Neighborhood Association first and ask that they provide a letter of recommendation for the board.

Teeter had a variance to use the parking at Jett's Service Station at 3101 W. Markham at night, but owner George Jett decided not to go through with the contract because of neighborhood opposition. The business may need up to 30 parking spaces, real estate agent Trey Prewitt said; there are only six or so in the Buice building parking lot.

Teeter would buy and restore the building from the Coy D. Wimberly Living Trust. He said he had some support from the neighborhood for the idea but wanted to be "sensitive" to neighbors' concerns.

The restaurant group that owns Gusano's and Grub's in Fayetteville has been discussed as possible lessors of the space.

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