A group of Bexley residents has succeeded in halting the demolition of a Bryden Road home for at least 90 days.

A group of Bexley residents has succeeded in halting the demolition of a Bryden Road home for at least 90 days.

The residents took their case to Franklin County Common Pleas Court after Bexley City Council reversed a Board of Zoning Appeals/Architectural Review Board (BZA/ARB) denial of a request to demolish the home and build a new one on the site.

Judge Laurel Beatty issued a stay, effectively halting the demolition for 90 days. The case is expected to be moved to Environmental Court, a division of Common Pleas Court, and be heard by Judge Harlan Hale. No hearing date has been set.

Moshe and Sarah Frank are attempting to demolish a home they bought at 2325 Bryden Road and build a new home on the site. The Franks contend that renovating the home would create a substantial financial hardship because the cost of renovating the structure would be much higher than building a new home.

After hearing testimony over a three-month period, the BZA/ARB denied the Franks’ request by a 5-2 vote. The Franks then appealed their case to Bexley City Council. After three hours of testimony in a “de novo” proceeding, where previous testimony from the BZA/ARB sessions were not included, council members voted 6-0 to overturn the decision.

City council’s vote led to the resignation of two BZA/ARB members and a member of the Bexley Planning Commission.

Bexley attorney David Pryor filed the appeal on behalf of a group of residents that included: his wife, Diana Pryor; Fred Reister; Linda Reister; Michael L. Russo; Kathleen Russo; Eric Burkland; Christy Burkland; Bill Benedict; and Cynthia Benedict.

Bexley City Attorney Lou Chodosh is listed as the defendant in the case, on behalf of the city.

According to the case schedule listed in court documents, a number of filings are to take place prior to a Dec. 7 hearing date.