The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Jan. 18 gave its approval to a concept to construct a retail bakery business on the greenspace that now exists between the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home on West First Avenue and the Grandview Heights City School District property at Fairview Avenue.

The Grandview Heights Planning Commission Jan. 18 gave its approval to a concept to construct a retail bakery business on the greenspace that now exists between the Deyo-Davis Funeral Home on West First Avenue and the Grandview Heights City School District property at Fairview Avenue.

Applicant Jeffrey Davis, director of the funeral home, said his wife's "cottage industry" of preparing baked goods has outgrown their home kitchen.

The plan for the bakery would be for the back half of the building to house the kitchen facilities and the front half to contain the display counter and a small seating area for customers, Davis said.

Other family members, including a niece and the Davises' son, would also likely participate in operating the bakery, he said.

Tim Hawk, an architect with WSA Studio, said the design of the bakery building would have aesthetic characteristics similar to the funeral home building.

Planning commission president Dorothy Pritchard praised the bakery idea, but said she would like to see the final plan include an outdoor patio seating area.

The applicant will bring a more detailed major site plan preview to the commission at a later date for its approval.

Vice president Robert Wandel recused himself from the discussion and vote on the matter because he has a contractual relationship with the architect.

The commission also reacted favorably during an informal discussion regarding a future conditional use application to allow Rogue Fitness to locate in the back portion of the Style-Line building at 901 W. Third Ave.

Lori Propheter appeared before the commission on behalf of her husband and Style-Line owner, who was unable to attend the meeting after undergoing surgery.

Rogue Fitness is a Gahanna-based gym that provides its members with a fitness program "that pushes the envelope," Propheter said.

"They are excited about coming to Grandview," because many of the gym's members live in and around the tri-village area, she said.

Propheter said she will be returning to the commission next month with a request for a conditional use permit that would allow the gym to move into the Style-Line building.

In other business, the commission approved Ron Moody's application for a variance for a wall sign that exceeds city size regulations at his Sign City business, 801 Goodale Blvd.

The commission denied by a 3-2 vote Moody's request for a ground sign that would have extended into the city right of way. The request would have also had to go before city council and received its approval.

Commission members voted to re-elect Pritchard as president and Wandel as vice president. Susan Jagers also attended her first meeting as city council's representative to the commission, a nonvoting position.