Olentangy Valley News

Hotel owner pulls zoning appeal


The Orange Township Board of Zoning Appeals will not hear an appeal from a man seeking to build an adults-only hotel in the township.

John Kranjec, through his attorney, has notified township officials that he will withdraw his appeal of a decision by the township zoning inspector to end a review of Kranjec's application to develop the hotel site. Trustees announced the notification at their meeting Monday, July 29.

Inspector Tom Farahay had ended the review on the advice of the Delaware County Prosecutor's Office because the owner of the 7-acre site -- North Orange Development Co. LLC -- terminated a purchase contract with Kranjec.

Attorney David G. Squillante of Toledo stated last week in a letter to the township that he reviewed the matter and shares the opinion of the prosecutor's office.

However, Squillante said Kranjec will continue to pursue a court action he filed in Delaware County Common Pleas Court that claims North Orange Development improperly terminated the contract.

"Mr. Kranjec ... expressly disagrees with the seller's contention that the purchase agreement was no longer in full force and effect," Squillante wrote.

Kranjec has owned the Belamere Suites in Perrysburg for nine years and has described it as a romantic getaway for couples.

Earlier this year, township residents rose up in strong opposition to the plan to build the adult-oriented hotel.

Although the vacant parcel of land, northwest of the fire station on Gooding Boulevard and west of U.S. Route 23, is zoned planned commercial and permits a hotel, residents complained it is not the right fit for that family-oriented area.

The area has a pediatrics office, community pool, day-care center and other facilities that cater to families and children.

Kranjec has said his business is not a fly-by-night operation.