Minutes of the
Bexley Planning Commission

Monday, July 22, 2013
6:00 p.m.


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Mike Simpson, Chair

1. Call to Order

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

2. Approval of Minutes from June 24th, 2013, Planning Commission meeting.

Approval of the Minutes from the June 24th, 2013 Planning Commission meeting will be discussed at next month's meeting. The Commission began with the first order of business.

3. Old Business

a. APPLICATION No:       13-0007
    APPLICANT:      Marty Adler - Bexley Travel
    OWNER:         Gallagher Rentals
    LOCATION:      2719 E. Main Street
REQUEST:        The applicant is seeking Sign Review and approval to allow a free standing sign in the front yard (north side) of the building, which indicates the name of the business "Bexley Travel" at this location and space for a 2nd tenant name.  The applicant would also like to request approval of an existing 18' x 28" window sign on the north facade, which promotes a service.

Martin Adler, applicant, was sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed sign.

The applicant will submit more information to the Zoning Officer for review. This will include any landscape designs the applicant would like to add around the sign.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 2719 E. Main St.: Based on review of the application and testimony heard, the Commission finds that the free-standing sign, as modified, with the addition of boxwood at the base of the sign and surrounded with day lilies, meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located. Final design is subject to staff review and approval.

Jan Zupnick made a motion to Approve - 'b. APPLICATION No:    13-0007
APPLICANT:      Marty Adler - Bexley Travel
OWNER:         Gallagher Rentals
LOCATION:      2719 E. Main Street
REQUEST:       The applicant is seeking Sign Review and approval to allow a free standing sign in the front yard (north side) of the building, which indicates the name of the business "Bexley Travel" at this location and space for a 2nd tenant name. The applicant would also like to request approval of an existing 18' x 28" window sign on the north facade, which promotes a service. To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 2719 E. Main St.: Based on review of the application and testimony heard, the Commission finds that the free-standing sign as modified, with the addition of boxwood at the base of the sign and surrounded with day lilies, meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located. Final design is subject to staff review and approval.' Motion seconded by Brian Marsh. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Brian Marsh, Ryan Hill, Kim Kellogg, John Behal, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, and Mike Paplow.

b. APPLICATION No:       13-0006
    APPLICANT:      Scott W. Taylor - The Avant Garden 
    OWNER:         Gay Street Realty
    LOCATION:      539 S. Drexel Avenue
REQUEST:        The applicant is seeking Sign Review and approval to allow a 13" x 32" neon sign in the window on the east faÃ'§ade, which promotes a service.

Christine Liscoe, applicant, was sworn in to pride testimony regarding the proposed window sign.

The Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 539 S. Drexel Ave: Based on the review of the application and testimony heard, the Commission finds that the window sign meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located and should be approved as submitted.

Kim Kellogg made a motion to Approve - 'a. APPLICATION No:    13-0006
APPLICANT:      Scott W. Taylor - The Avant Garden
OWNER:         Gay Street Realty
LOCATION:      539 S. Drexel Avenue
REQUEST:       The applicant is seeking Sign Review and approval to allow a 13" x 32" neon sign in the window on the east facade, which promotes a service. To adopt the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law for the property located at 539 S. Drexel Ave: Based on the review of the application and testimony heard, the Commission finds that the window sign meets the criteria of the sign code and is appropriate for the district in which it is located and should be approved as submitted.' Motion seconded by Brian Marsh. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Brian Marsh, Ryan Hill, Kim Kellogg, John Behal, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, and Mike Paplow.

c. APPLICATION No: 13-0008
    APPLICANT:          Anna Krupovylanskaya
    OWNER:              Anna Krupovylanskaya
    LOCATION: 2525 E. Main Street    REQUEST: The applicant is seeking Environmental review and approval of proposed elevation and material changes to the building at this location. The changes include a new front facade and roof-top patio.   

John McKay, representing the applicant and owner Anna Krupovylanskaya, was sworn in to provide testimony regarding this application.

The discussion tonight is a preliminary review regarding the exterior modifications proposed in the updated application. The applicant has designed a new facade to the front of the structure, and proposed the addition of a roof-top patio that would be located on the top floor in the rear of the building. The Commission questions the allowable height of a building within the city, and compares it to the height the applicant is proposing in the most recent modification submission. The proposed patio would face the residences located directly behind the building. Concerns are discussed regarding the impact, and feedback, of those residents neighboring the alley and the rear of this structure. It's believed that it would be of better benefit to redesign the patio's location to the front of the structure, with a view facing Main Street, where a livelier atmosphere would be offered for its patrons.

John Behal made a motion to Table - 'C. APPLICATION No: 13-0008
APPLICANT: Anna Krupovylanskaya
OWNER: Anna Krupovylanskaya
LOCATION: 2525 E. Main Street
REQUEST: The applicant is seeking Environmental Review and
approval of proposed elevation and material changes to the building at
this location. The changes include a new front facade and roof-top
patio. A motion was made to Table this application.' Motion seconded by Jan Zupnick. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Brian Marsh, Ryan Hill, Kim Kellogg, John Behal, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, and Mike Paplow.

4. New Business

a. APPLICATION No:      13-0009
    APPLICANT:              PNC Bank
    OWNER:                    Howard Henry c/o PNC Bank
    LOCATION:                2594 E. Main Street
    REQUEST:                The applicant is seeking Environmental Review and
    approval of proposed elevation changes to accommodate a walk-up ATM
    machine on the east side of the building at this location.

Mike Reno, applicant, was sworn in to provide testimony regarding the proposed ATM machine.

The Commission agrees that more information is needed before approving the proposed ATM.

Kim Kellogg made a motion to Table - 'a. APPLICATION No: 13-0009
APPLICANT: PNC Bank
OWNER: Howard Henry c/o PNC Bank
LOCATION: 2594 E. Main Street
REQUEST: The applicant is seeking Environmental Review and
approval of proposed elevation changes to accommodate a walk-up ATM
machine on the east side of the building at this location. A motion was made to Table this application.' Motion seconded by John Behal. Vote 7 - 0 - passed.
FOR: Mike Simpson, Chair, Pete Foster, Brian Marsh, Ryan Hill, Kim Kellogg, John Behal, and Jan Zupnick.
AGAINST: None.
ABSENT: David Hodge, Dan Ferdelman, and Mike Paplow.

5. Discussion with the Public

Members of the public were spectators at tonight's meeting to get better understanding of the style of architecture consistent throughout Bexley's downtown buildings. The members plan to occupy restaurant space on E. Main Street.

6. Adjourn