Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Tuesday, 04 December 2012 10:30
Bowling Green City Council Monday night introduced and gave first readings to two ordinances that would attempt to address some of the issues raised last month in a downtown rezoning debate.
One ordinance would amend the B-3, central business district zoning, to prohibit the use of ground floor area of structures in the B-3 district as residences and restrict residential uses to the second floor and above.
A second ordinance would create a B-5, transitional central business district zone. Buildings in the zone would be comprised of no more than two stories above grade for occupancy. Bulk and density would be the same as the existing B-3 district.
On Nov. 19 council tabled indefinitely three ordinances seeking rezoning from B-2, neighborhood commercial, to B-3. The affected properties are located on east side of the 100 block of North Prospect Street, the north side of the 200 block of East Wooster Street and one property on the west side of the 100 block of North Summit Street.
During a public hearing Nov. 19 developers indicated plans for a two-story structure with commercial space on the first floor and approximately 16 efficiency and one-bedroom apartments on the second floor. The structure would front on Wooster Street. The project would require demolition of four houses.
Many of the concerns about the rezoning aired during a public hearing Nov. 19 revolved around the height of buildings and how the space in those structures could be used.
At-Large Council Member Bruce Jeffers said he saw potential in the proposals to protect residential neighbors but added he was unsure about buffers and setbacks.
The proposals do not include buffers and setback requirements but City Attorney Michael Marsh said amendments could be made. Council President John Zanfardino said there would be opportunities to discuss changes before the planning commission and council.
Council set public hearings on the two ordinances for Jan. 7 at 5:30 p.m. The ordinances were also referred to the BG Planning Commission, which meets Wednesday night. The commission is likely to set public hearings for its Jan. 2 meeting.
Council also has a 6 p.m. public hearing scheduled Jan. 7 on an ordinance to rezone several properties on the south side of the 200 block of East Wooster and east side of South Prospect. If approved the changes would clear the way for development of a CVS pharmacy.
The properties involved include the former Deck-Hanneman Funeral Home and former Ohio National Guard Armory fronting on East Wooster, and two houses on South Prospect.