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Zone change could change view of EP park

March 15, 2013

EAST PALESTINE — Could a tattoo parlor take up residence at the entrance to Village Park? That was the question on Council member Alan Cohen’s mind this week....

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Mar-15-13 7:39 AM

Why would anyone want to re-zone this property to commercial? This really is a no-brainer, right? I thought this kind of selective zoning was illegal anyhow. Just because one guy wants to make a quick buck selling his property, the whole village has to pay the price forever. How is that right? Who knows what we would end up with in there, if this passed, right across from the pond, the best looking area in the whole town. Why risk ruining it?

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Mar-15-13 10:40 AM

Amen EPWatch!!

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Mar-15-13 7:06 PM

No, he is not going by the "book". As I understand it, the "book" already gives the property a permanent exemption from the zoning laws as long as it stays a medical building. It was granted a permanent examot certificate because it existed there before the zoning code passed. So if Ortenzio really plans to sell to another doctor, there is no reason to request any change at all. The reason he gave to the board, as reported, indicates he does not intend that to happen, that he wants to sell to a retail business to increase his chances for sale. Why else change, when no change is required by "the book"? Cohen is absolutely right; we have to protect this from any change or forever lose control. Once changed you can't go back if you don't like what goes in.

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Mar-15-13 7:46 PM

But Jason -- You say he was just going by the "book" and he was planning on another professional buying it. My point is, that can't be true, can it? Because the "book" says he does not need to do anything at all, does not need permission from council or the zoning board or anyone else if he is only planning on another professional buying it. He and the property already have a perpetual certificate for that. The article says: "As it stands now the property can only be sold to someone intending to use it as a chiropractic office or other health care facility. Ortenzio has been operating his chiropractic office in the residential area the last 35 years because of a pre-existing non-conforming use permit approved in the 1970s." Thus, the only scenario that requires him to go to council for permission is if he wants to sell it to a commercial entity. If he is being honest in saying he wants to sell it to another doctor, there is no reason for him to make the c

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Mar-15-13 8:28 PM

Nevertheless, Jason, I think we are on the same side, so thanks for your comments. I always enjoy reading yours. And what makes you think I am a "boy"? LOL

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