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Hearing set on rezoning for development


December 13, 2012
Morning Journal News

City Council and the city Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing at 7 p.m. Tuesday in city hall council chambers regarding two rezoning requests related to land for a proposed apartment complex on the city's east end.

The first request was made by the NRP Group of Cleveland to rezone 6.9 acres of land just south of the East Pershing Street extension to Butcher Road, from C-2 General Commercial to RA Multiple Family,

The second request came out of two meetings of the city Planning Commission whose members want to create a buffer between existing homes on the deadend streets of Oak, Tanglewood, Kennedy and Edgewood and the property NRP has an option to purchase.

The Planning Commission studied and agreed to recommend rezoning 14.3 acres of land 400 feet east of the end of Oak, Tanglewood, Kennedy and Edgewood from RA Multiple Family to RS-2 Single Family Residential.

NRP is looking at buying a 67.7-acre tract located south of East Pershing Street, southwest of Butcher Road and west of Cunningham Road, extending south to the city corporation line. The property is split-zoned, with 60.8 acres currently zoned RA Multiple Family and 6.9 acres currently zoned C-2 General Commercial (the strip NRP wants rezoned to RA Multiple Family).

NRP submitted preliminary plans for a three-phase housing development of apartments and single-family dwellings on the vacant land, with Phase I to be located closest to the corner area south of Pershing Street and southwest of Butcher Road. Phase I consists of a 120-unit walk-up apartment complex, estimated as an $18 million investment by the company.

Later phases include Phase II consisting of 176 walk-up apartments located at the corner of Butcher Road and Cunningham Road and Phase III consisting of 50 single family lots, west of Cunningham Road and southwest of Butcher Road extending south to the corporation line.

NRP representatives said during previous meetings that there is no plan to build in a wetlands which will act as a natural buffer between the development and the neighborhood of single-family homes on Oak, Kennedy, Tanglewood and Edgewood. Both rezoning requests will be contingent upon construction of Phase I within two years.

Comments will be taken regarding both rezoning requests.

Mary Ann Greier can be reached at



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