Robinson said Compensation Strategies only has three employees and doesn't need all that parking. The house currently has four parking spaces - two in a garage and two just off the street.
Brannon said without the variance, Compensation Strategies would either have to find other parking arrangements, such as purchasing space at a neighboring property, or would not be allowed to run a business at 81 California Ave.
The zoning board will vote on the variance at a meeting today.
Parking variances are not uncommon in the area east of the Capitol, Brannon said.
"Over the last 10 or 15 years, that's been the trend in that neighborhood. This is consistent with what many properties have done," she said.
Brannon said parking variances actually help with historic preservation efforts, keeping old houses in use and out of danger of demolition.
Compensation Strategies currently is located at 2210 Washington St. E., about a quarter-mile east of their possible new location.
If the deal goes through, they'll be next-door neighbors to the West Virginia Manufacturers' Association, and just a few houses away from the West Virginia Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority and the West Virginia Sheriff's Association.
Elsewhere on the block are headquarters for the West Virginia Municipal League, Harvit and Schwartz law firm, the American Legion of West Virginia, the West Virginia Bar Foundation, the West Virginia Oil Marketers and Grocers Association, the West Virginia Tracking Association and the West Virginia Wholesalers Association.
Compensation Strategies, founded by Nelson Robinson in 1989, represents several state interest groups, including the West Virginia Optometric Association, the West Virginia Chiropractic Society, the Central West Virginia Regional Airport Authority and Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort in Chester.
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