The Montgomery County Board of Appeals recently made the following decisions on requests for variances and special exceptions to zoning laws. For more information, call 279-1226.

BETHESDA

MONTGOMERY AVE., 4821 -- Granted a special exception request by Dr. Edwin H. Friedman to operate a professional office out of a residence.

OLD GEORGETOWN RD., 8600 -- Denied a request by Suburban Hospital to modify an existing special exception to allow construction of an ambulatory care center.

RIVER RD., 7503 -- Granted a request by Holton Arms School Inc. to modify an existing special exception to allow construction of a performing arts center, a gymnasium, tennis courts and a track and soccer field.

WESTERN AVE., 5260 -- The board denied a request by Government Employes Insurance Co. to modify an existing special exception to permit lighting improvements in a parking lot. GEICO proposed the additional lighting for security reasons. Opposing civic groups charged that the proposed lighting would be an intrusion on their neighborhood.

CABIN JOHN

MACARTHUR BLVD., 7503 -- Denied a variance request by Martha and Robert Wilkoff to build a two-story addition on a house 3.34 feet from a side property line instead of the minimum seven feet required.

CHEVY CHASE

RIVER RD., 5225 -- The board granted an appeal by the Kenwood Citizens Association to take away a building permit granted to Hechinger Co. by the Department of Environmental Protection, which issues building permits in Montgomery County. Hechinger had sought to turn a bowling alley into a store. The board decided that Hechinger is a lumber yard as well as a hardware store, and lumber yards are not permitted in this zone.

DARNESTOWN

DARNESTOWN RD., 13721 -- Granted a special exception request by Karen and James Booth to operate an antique shop in a rural zone.

GAITHERSBURG

CENTRAL AVE., 130 -- Granted a special exception request by the Association for Women's Recovery Residence Inc. to operate a residential facility for women recovering from alcohol and other substance abuse in a residential zone. The facility's occupancy will be limited to 10 clients and a resident manager. Because of concerns about traffic, no more than five residents will be able to keep a car at the site.

QUERY MILL RD., 13235 -- Granted a special exception request by George R. and Linda S. Abramowitz to continue operating a private riding stable. Special exceptions are required for riding stables.

GERMANTOWN

DARNESTOWN RD., 14139 -- Granted a special exception request by F.S. and D.M. Campbell to operate a day care facility for up to 20 children in a residential zone.

POTOMAC

HALL RD., 10009 -- Granted a variance request by Arnold and Jacqueline Davidson to build a bay window that would be 33 feet from a side property line instead of the minimum 40 feet required.

ROCKVILLE

GREAT OAK RD., 4415 -- Granted a variance request by William and M.R. Barnes to build an addition 35 feet from the front property line instead of the minimum 40 feet required.

SILVER SPRING

ALLERTON LA., 12912 -- Granted a variance request by William F. Wellington to build a garage three feet from a side property line instead of the minimum eight feet required. Wellington also was granted a variance to leave a total of 13 feet of open space in both side yards instead of the minimum 25 feet required.

GLENALLEN AVENUE AND LAYHILL ROAD -- Granted special exception requests by Edgewood Hill Associates to build and operate a 132-unit housing facility for the elderly and a child day care facility. The day care facility will accommodate up to 73 children. Both facilities are located in a zone designated as agricultural preserve.

SPENCERVILLE

SPENCERVILLE RD., 1525 -- Granted a special exception request by Michael S. and Regina A. Mason to permit the continued operation of a landscaping and retail nursery business in an area that is largely rural, but includes two single-family houses on either side of the property.

WHEATON

CONNECTICUT AVE., 11601 -- Granted a variance request by Max Rutishauser to build an unheated sun room 15.93 feet from the rear property line instead of the minimum 20 feet required.

GEORGIA AVE., 11501 -- Denied a special exception request by Equitable Federal Savings Bank to permit 16 off-street parking spaces in a residential zone.