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Commission's approval aligns store with code

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The Grandview Heights Planning Commission on April 17 approved a conditional-use request that allows the reTAGit consignment store at 1123 Goodale Blvd. to operate a retail store at the address, which is zoned M-1 general industrial.

ReTAGit has been operating a store at the site for about two years, owner Paul Childress said.

It was determined the conditional use was necessary since the company's operation has, over time, expanded from a wholesale retail operation to one that includes a retail store and welcomes customers, Director of Administration/Economic Development Pat Bowman said.

The issue the city staff had to determine was the best way to regulate the use, and the recommendation was for a conditional use to be granted, he said.

Childress said his business has office space as well as the wholesale and retail operations at the site.

"We have a property that needs a lot of improvement," he said, adding the building served as a factory for decades.

Along with the conditional-use request, Childress also sought approval of a parking variance and a major site-plan review.

City code requires a retail store to have one parking space per 250 square feet of flooring and one space per 300 square feet for office use, building and zoning department secretary Gayna Gilbert told the commission.

With 21 spaces, "we're about three or four spaces short" the number of spaces required under city code, Childress said.

There is adequate room on the property to expand the parking lot, if needed, Mayor Ray DeGraw said.

The commission granted the parking variance, but held off considering the major site-plan review until Childress brings back more information about his plans for the property.

Childress said he hopes to construct a fence or wall to provide screening of the trucks and unloading activity that occurs toward the rear of the property.

He said he also is working with a consultant to develop a landscaping plan for the site.

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