A borough man’s variance request, to use his garage as a meditation gathering room for friends, was shot down Wednesday.
Deena DiBacco, Patch.com: Wednesday night, Collingswood [New Jersey] Zoning Board members unanimously denied a borough man’s use variance application, aimed at using his detached garage as a gathering place for group meditation.
Applicant Stephen Tumolo, who owns the said property at the unit block of Coulter Ave., holds a master’s degree in Theology and currently teaches religion at Camden Catholic High School.
Tumolo has lived at the 2-and-a-half story Coulter Ave. property for the past two years, which features a detached garage.
Wednesday night, Tumolo testified that 10 months after purchasing his home, he began making improvements to the garage space without building permits.
“A few times each month, I gather (in the garage) with friends to host a silent meditation and support group,” said Tumolo, adding that meetings originated…