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NCC development committee

Church, doughnut shop requests get conditional OKs


Northland Community Council development committee members disposed of both cases on last week's agenda in pretty short order, according to the panel's chairman.

In both instances, Dave Paul said, applicants' requests were approved unanimously, but only if they obtain shared-parking agreements with adjacent property owners.

The first case involved a second go-round for a zoning change request involving the Dunkin' Donuts store at 2255 E. Dublin-Granville Road. The franchisee, represented by Tom Martin of ms consultants inc., is seeking to add a drive-through to the shop.

The request was tabled at the January meeting when William Logan, a member of the advisory panel, pointed out that the addition of the drive-through lane would not provide adequate turning radius in the southwest corner of the lot.

Martin, speaking on behalf of BL&G LLC, was on hand at last week's February session. Paul said the turn radius problem had been resolved to the satisfaction of committee members.

While the proposal does eliminate some parking spaces in the Dunkin' Donuts lot, there was no request for a variance from the number that is required under city code, he noted.

For that reason, the committee's recommendation for approval came with the condition of obtaining an agreement to use spaces on an adjoining parcel.

The other case involved a requested reduction in the number required parking spaces to enable a church to take over a former cafe site at 4345 Cleveland Ave.

Timothy McGrath appeared on behalf of Mt. Sinai Church of God in Christ to ask that the parking be trimmed to 76 available spaces from the 114 needed under the city's regulations.

Paul said church members supposedly had an agreement to borrow spaces on neighboring property, but development committee members weren't provided with a copy and it appeared the hope was approval would be granted without one.

"We recommended against that," Paul said.

Both applications were approved by unanimous votes of 15-0, with the conditions.