WINCHESTER — A landscape contracting business may soon replace Shenandoah Miniature Golf at 154 Gainesboro Road.

The Frederick County Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday night to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve a conditional-use permit that would allow a landscape contracting business to locate at that address.

The miniature golf course has been owned and operated by Glenda and Wenzel “Pat” Dousa since 1998. Glenda Dousa said on Thursday that she and her husband love the business but are ready to retire. The miniature golf course will close on July 28.

“A lot of people are so sad and it makes us sad, too,” Dousa said. “We’ve had a wonderful 21 years.”

The Dousas plan to sell the property to Arthur Nelson Sisk, owner of Art Sisk Tree and Landscaping at 140 Gainesboro Road. Company secretary Darlene Chilcott said on Thursday that Sisk wants to use the land to expand his landscape contracting business. She said the business does tree removal, tree pruning, tree spraying and landscaping.

The permit would limit hours of operation from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week. Only six employees would be allowed on site at any given time.

The Board of Supervisors will consider the permit at its July 10 meeting.

Attending Wednesday’s meeting at 107 N. Kent St. was Chairman Kevin Kenney and commission members Rhodes Marston, Lawrence Ambrogi, Paige Manuel, William Cline, Gary Oates, Alan Morrison, Charles Triplett and Kay Dawson. Greg Unger, Roger Thomas and Christopher Mohn were absent.

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