Minutes of the
Bexley Planning Commission

Monday, October 22, 2012
6:00 p.m.


These minutes are intended to be interactive minutes, referencing video and audio recordings hosted at www.bexley.org.
To view and listen to the context behind the decisions taken at this meeting, please visit www.bexley.org/meetings/.

Mike Simpson, Chair

1. Call to Order

Roll Call:
Voting Members Present: David Hodge; Dan Ferdelman; Brian Marsh; Mike Paplow; Jan Zupnick; and John Behal
Absent: Mike Simpson, Chair; Pete Foster; and Virginia Salamy
Excused:
Non-Voting Present: Kathy Rose, Zoning Officer; Ben Kessler, Mayor; and Stacy Grossman, Secretary

2. Approval of Minutes from August 27th, 2012

Minute approval has been postponed until next month’s meeting.

3. Old Business

a. APPLICATION No:         12-0010


      APPLICANT:      John M. McKay AIA 


   OWNER:      Anna Krupovlyanskaya 


LOCATION:      2521/2525 E. Main Street 


REQUEST:       The applicant is seeking a parking variance and a proposed valet parking program, 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.  The Applicant is also seeking preliminary review of exterior changes to the building at this location.  Please Note:  This application was tabled at the July 23rd Planning Commission meeting.

John McKay sworn in by Kathy Rose

The board and the applicant discuss the parking issue for this proposal. Spaces are limited and valet parking was an option brought up at the previous meeting. Having access to street parking was one option researched by the applicant, but under review is whether valet parking can be approved by accessing spots on Montrose.

Member Behal asks how the spots would remain reserved for this business since they will not be metered, but will remain open and accessible to the public. 

The applicant states that Montrose Elementary has given the valet access to after hours parking. Two local banks have also agreed to let the applicant's valet utilize parking spaces in their lot.

Upon city approval, there is a possibility four parking spaces can be dedicated for the applicant to use for valet parking.

To allow the designated spots remain open for the valet, the board discusses creating and posting signs stating the parking restrictions.

Findings of facts and conclusions of law: approved under the following conditions: 1. Subject to obtaining permit from the Mayor’s office, 2. All new signage is at the applicants cost, and 3. The variance to parking permits is granted as requested.

Jan Zupnick made a motion to Approve - 'a. APPLICATION No:         12-0010
      APPLICANT:      John M. McKay AIA 
   OWNER:      Anna Krupovlyanskaya 
LOCATION:      2521/2525 E. Main Street 
REQUEST:       The applicant is seeking a parking variance and a proposed valet parking program, 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.  The Applicant is also seeking preliminary review of exterior changes to the building at this location.  Please Note:  This application was tabled at the July 23rd Planning Commission meeting.' Motion seconded by Mike Paplow. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, Mike Paplow, Jan Zupnick, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, and Virginia Salamy.

4. New Business

a. APPLICATION No:    10-0016        APPLICANT: Dennis Howard - Star Jewelers of Bexley       OWNER: Gay Street Realty       LOCATION: 2260 E. Main Street REQUEST: The applicant is seeking design review and approval of an interior custom decorative metal installation that provides security and follows design standards of the Main Street Guidelines.

Dennis Howard sworn in by Kathy Rose.

The applicant is proposing to add additional security to his business, while maintaining a design visually appropriate for Main Street. The grid design proposed by the applicant is consistent with that of the Bexley Library and CVS.

The submission by the applicant is not to scale, and the board would like clarification regarding the size of the grids that will be visible from Main Street.

The material that will be used for the grids will be steel with an anodized finish. The grids will be located on the interior portion of the window, not to the exterior structure.

The board would like for a set of final working drawings to be emailed to Kathy Rose, and then reviewed and approved by residential design consultant Karen Bokor.

Findings of facts and conclusions of law: approved under the following condition: that the final detail design be submitted for final approval by Kathy Rose and Karen Bokor.

Dan Ferdelman made a motion to Approve - 'a. APPLICATION No:       10-0016 
      APPLICANT:      Dennis Howard - Star Jewelers of Bexley
      OWNER:      Gay Street Realty
      LOCATION:      2260 E. Main Street   
REQUEST:    The applicant is seeking design review and approval of an interior custom decorative metal installation that provides security and follows design standards of the Main Street Guidelines.' Motion seconded by Jan Zupnick. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, Mike Paplow, Jan Zupnick, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, and Virginia Salamy.

b. APPLICATION No:    12-0017    APPLICANT: Howard Schottenstein w/2700 Partnership LLC  OWNER: 2700 Partnership LLC LOCATION: 2376-2392 E. Main Street (Grinders Plaza) REQUEST: The applicant is seeking Design Review and approval of proposed changes to the existing cedar shake roofing materials on the south and east sides of the building at this location.

Greg Margulis sworn in by Kathy Rose.

The applicant is proposing to replace the current roof with alternating material between standing seam and asphalt shingles.

Members of the board would like the roof material to remain uniform and not alternate material on every other structure. They would like the roof to either be the standing seam or the asphalt shingles.

Findings of fact and conclusions of law: approved under the following condition: that only one material is to be used on the roof, allowing the applicant to decide between standing seam roofing material or asphalt shingles, and that the color is also at the discretion of the applicant in either hemlock green or seaport green.

Jan Zupnick made a motion to Approve - 'b. APPLICATION No:       12-0017 
  APPLICANT:      Howard Schottenstein w/2700 Partnership LLC 
   OWNER:      2700 Partnership LLC
   LOCATION:      2376-2392 E. Main Street (Grinders Plaza)
REQUEST:   The applicant is seeking Design Review and approval of proposed changes to the existing cedar shake roofing materials on the south and east sides of the building at this location.' Motion seconded by Mike Paplow. Vote 6 - 0 - passed.
FOR: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, Brian Marsh, Mike Paplow, Jan Zupnick, and John Behal.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, and Virginia Salamy.

c. APPLICATION No:        12-0018 
APPLICANT:   John Behal, Behal Sampson Dietz for Irene Levine & Lee Hess
OWNER:   Plaza Properties
   LOCATION:      500 S. Parkview Ave. (5th Floor)
REQUEST:   The applicant is seeking Design Review and approval of south and east side elevation changes to the 5th floor of the "Alexander Building".  The changes include: enclosing an existing balcony with screens and addition of one pair of windows on the south side of the building and window modifications on the south and east sides, to conform to typical double hung windows.  The applicant would also like to add an additional generator on the roof.

Chairman Hodge and John Behal recuse themselves from this application.

This item is to be discussed informally for comments this evening.

John Behal sworn in by Kathy Rose.

The proposal is to take the south and east windows windows and change them from half-height to full double hung windows, in order to remain consistent with the other full double hung windows currently found in the building.

The applicant would like to make changes to the side windows of the balconies, but they are not sure at this time as to what changes they would like to make. The applicant would like to bring a proposal back to the board for a final review. Lastly, the applicant would like to take one of the balconies and enclose it to use as a screened in porch. The applicant states that there will not be a change to the layout or footprint of the balcony, only to add a screen enclosure to the existing structure.

The applicant would like to put a separate generator on the roof for this unit.

Neighbors of this unit have written in stating they are hesitant about the proposed generator being close to their unit. They are concerned of the possibility that the generator will leak into their unit.

The color of the screen the applicant would like to use is under discussion. The owner of the property confirms that guidelines exist so that all screens in the building are uniform in color.

Member Paplow feels that the concerns of the citizens have been addressed, and he is comfortable allowing the proposal to move forward for further review.

Fifth floor private generators are allowed because the units are located directly below the roof.

5. Adjourn