Minutes of the
Bexley Planning Commission

Monday, July 23, 2012
06:00 p.m.


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Mike Simpson, Chair

1. Call to Order

Roll Call:
Voting Members Present: Daniel Ferdelman; David Hodge; Brian Marsh; John Behal; Kathy Rose; Pete Foster; Stacy Grossman; Ben Kessler; and Jan Zupnick
Absent:
Excused:
Non-Voting Present:

2. Approval of Minutes from June 25, 2012

Daniel Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - '2. Approval of Minutes from June 25, 2012' Motion seconded by John Behal. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Daniel Ferdelman, David Hodge, Brian Marsh, John Behal, Pete Foster, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.

3. New Business

a. APPLICATION No:        12-0010 
       APPLICANT:      Danny Popp - DDP & Associates
       OWNER:      Anna Krupovlyanskaya
       LOCATION:      2521/2525 E. Main Street   
REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking a parking variance to allow an upscale restaurant on the first floor and a specialty dinner theatre/small banquet hall on the second floor, with a mezzanine level for private dinner parties and meetings at this location.

Steve Friend, Anna Krupovlyanskaya, and Danny Popp sworn in by Kathy Rose

Under concern is if the proposed location meets the required zoning codes applicable in conjunction with the applicant’s proposal.

Applicant would like to connect all three floors with the addition of an elevator.

Zoning requirements include parking spaces, which is under question by the board. The location of the building is in a strip center with limited parking.

Applicant would like to keep three parking spaces in front of the location for valet parking. Valet parking, as noted by the applicant and owner, is a possible means to curb the parking issue. This type of service would be used in the evenings, pending approval from the surrounding businesses.

Steve Friend advises of the proposed hours the business will be open: during the lunch hour, which would entail using the first floor. The business would then close for a few hours and reopen in the evenings, opening the upper two levels for business.

Member Behal asks if there is an easement or an informal arrangement.

Member Hodge believes there might be something stating there is shared parking for the parking lot.

Member Behal feels that saving three parking spots for this business could interfere with the other businesses within the shopping center. It could potentially stop customers frequenting surrounding businesses from finding an open parking spot.

Using Main Street as an alternative parking solution is under question by Member Behal. He is curious to know if it will not only be a safety issue, but could potentially hinder traffic flow during certain hours of the day. This could block parking currently used by other businesses along Main St.

Acting Chairman Foster adds that parking on Montrose provides easier access for the businesses on Main Street, however it could become difficult to access when school is session.

Member Ferdelman asks for more background information on the business itself. He is curious to know what would take place during open business hours.

The owner states the space would be available to use for lunch, dinner, and events.

The board members agree it is a good use for the vacant building space. Their only major concern still remains the issue of available parking.

The applicant states research was done to see what hours the surrounding businesses were open in order to avoid parking space conflict.

The board feels that there are further issues to be reviewed...exterior changes,  business notification,  etc. that need to be dealt with before approving the applicant’s submission.

Acting Chairman Foster asks if the owner proposes to sell alcohol. The owner stated that she did intend to serve alcohol, and will go through the necessary process in order to obtain the proper liquor license.

The board feels that based upon the information provided, there is still not enough information to unanimously support approval for the proposal. The board would like to receive additional information by the next planning meeting regarding both any possible exterior building changes, and if a courtesy notification was sent out to the surrounding businesses.

David Hodge made a motion to Table - 'a. APPLICATION No:        12-0010 

       APPLICANT:      Danny Popp - DDP & Associates

       OWNER:      Anna Krupovlyanskaya

       LOCATION:      2521/2525 E. Main Street   

REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking a parking variance to allow an upscale restaurant on the first floor and a specialty dinner theatre/small banquet hall on the second floor, with a mezzanine level for private dinner parties and meetings at this location.' Motion seconded by Daniel Ferdelman. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Daniel Ferdelman, David Hodge, Brian Marsh, John Behal, Pete Foster, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.

b. APPLICTION No: 12-0011 APPLICANT: Keith DeVoe III AIA - DesignGroup OWNER: Columbus School for Girls LOCATION: 56 s. Columbia Avenue REQUEST: The applicant is seeking Planning Commission approval of changes to the roof materials on the 1992 classroom building located beyond the south west quadrant of Drexel circle (E. Broad St and S. Drexel Ave.), as part of the Columbus School for Girls renovation and addition project.

Jane Gibson and John Sofranec are sworn in by Kathy Rose.

Under question by the board is what type of material will be used on the roof of the CSG building located on Drexel.

The current material is a recycled material purchased from a company that is no longer in business. The material is non-replaceable.

A sample of the proposed roof material was brought in and shown to the board.

The board is concerned of the cost of the roofing material versus its longevity and possible recurring maintenance fees. Member Behal addresses the issue of not having enough information on the material, because it is unknown how long this material has been available for purchase.

The board would like to know if a discussion will take place between the applicant and the manufacturer to ensure the material will last for an additional 20 years.

Facts of findings and conclusions of law: approved as submitted

John Behal made a motion to Approve - 'b. APPLICTION No:   12-0011                     
APPLICANT:      Keith DeVoe III AIA - DesignGroup
OWNER:      Columbus School for Girls
LOCATION:      56 s. Columbia Avenue
REQUEST:      The applicant is seeking Planning Commission approval of                changes to the roof materials on the 1992 classroom                building located beyond the south west quadrant of Drexel             circle (E. Broad St and S. Drexel Ave.), as part of the                Columbus School for Girls renovation and addition project.' Motion seconded by Brian Marsh. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Daniel Ferdelman, David Hodge, Brian Marsh, John Behal, Pete Foster, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.

c. APPLICATION No:    12-0012   APPLICANT: Larry Ruben   5/3 Bank - ATM  OWNER: Plaza Properties LOCATION: 2154 E. Main Street  REQUEST: The applicant is seeking environmental review and approval to allow an ATM machine on the south side of the Gateway building at this location.

tabled by the applicant

John Behal made a motion to Table - 'c. APPLICATION No:        12-0012

   APPLICANT:      Larry Ruben

            5/3 Bank - ATM 

   OWNER:      Plaza Properties

   LOCATION:      2154 E. Main Street 

REQUEST:   The applicant is seeking environmental review and approval to allow an ATM machine on the south side of the Gateway building at this location.' Motion seconded by Jan Zupnick. Vote 5 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Daniel Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, John Behal, Pete Foster, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.
ABSTAIN: David Hodge.

New discussion opened by Member Zupnick.

In regards to the possibility of allowing for Red Box video rental machines on Main Street, Member Zupnick wonders if they are or are not covered under planning guidelines.

Under question is if there is an allowance for any type of self standing business/kiosk to be built along major city streets?

Member Zupnick believes that this type of business-model will become a modern convenience for pedestrians.

There is a great potential that exists for this style of business; which can lead to additional consumer activity and local business enhancement.

Members Behal and Ferdelman question the architectural integration of the self-standing structures with the current surroundings.

Acting Chairman Foster believes that these types of businesses are a good step in technological progression for the City of Bexley, and could prove highly effective depending on the type of service provided. An example given either for or against this type of service would be an ice machine.

The board questions if the city's current codes are friendly towards this type of local business growth.

A question under discussion is how other local cities handle and enforce valet parking. One option is to contact the Bexley library and see if after-hour parking would be available for other local businesses to utilize.

David Hodge made a motion to Adjourn - 'New topic discussion by Dr. Zupnick' Motion seconded by Jan Zupnick. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Daniel Ferdelman, David Hodge, Brian Marsh, John Behal, Pete Foster, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.

4. Adjourn