Written by HAROLD BROWN Sentinel City Editor
Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:37
Bowling Green City Council Monday night tabled a rezoning ordinance for two weeks that would have cleared the way for a CVS Pharmacy at the southeast corner of East Wooster and South Prospect streets.
A CVS representative told council the project could wait two weeks while council and the BG Planning Commission try to work out a new zoning district that would also allow the project.
The proposed B-5, transitional central business district zone, is in the formative stages with a recommendation expected in time for council's Jan. 22 meeting. A subcommittee of the commission meets Wednesday at 5 p.m. to flesh out the proposal and has called a special meeting Jan. 16 to hear public comment and consider a recommendation to council.
The CVS developer is seeking a B-3, central business district, designation for the property now occupied by a former funeral home, the old Ohio National Guard Armory and two houses on South Prospect. The properties cover about 1.5 acres. That property is now zoned a combination of B-2, general business, and R-2, single-family residential.
Mary Ann Wervey, of the Zaremba Group, Lakewood, which is handling the CVS development, said she would like to see the project move along. "However, if it is really just two weeks, I could go back to CVS with that information. If it is longer, that would be more problematic. I would like to start construction this spring and there are a lot of steps to make this a reality."
Council President John Zanfardino said "I think we can safely say two weeks."
Council has set a hearing for Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. on the B-5 proposal. There is no guarantee council will be prepared to vote on the issue that night, based on comments during that hearing and what council members may or may not want in the legislation. There is also no guarantee the CVS developer would be happy with the final language of the B-5 legislation.
Council went ahead with its scheduled public hearing on the B-5 proposal before the meeting. Most of the comments followed along the lines of those aired at the planning commission hearing last week and emphasized the need to protect neighborhoods in the near downtown area.
At-Large Council Member Robert McOmber said he thought the planning commission hearing was "very positive." He also said the many suggestions could find people having different lists of what they would like to see included in the ordinance. McOmber said he hopes people will be receptive to the language even if it doesn't meet all of their desires.
Monday night council did unanimously approve an amendment to the B-3 district rules that would prohibit residential living units on the first floor of buildings in the zone. There were no public comments offered during a public hearing before the council meeting.
However, At-Large Council Member Sandy Rowland expressed concern the change might limit senior citizen housing, if it was desired on the first floor in the central business district.
• Set a public hearing for Feb. 19 at 6:45 p.m. for an S-district site plan to construct a 2,300-square-foot radiation and oncology addition at Wood County Hospital.
• Approved the appointment of Lt. Dan Mancuso of the BG Police Division to the city's Human Relations Commission. Mancuso will replace Chief Brad Conner.
• Learned from Director of Utilities Brian O'Connell that Toledo Edison has completed refurbishment of an electric feed to the city, giving the city three reliable feeds.
• Received a final 2012 financial report indicating the city income tax collection for the year was 3 percent above projections at $16,077,218.60.
Council's next meeting is on a Tuesday because of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday Jan. 21.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 08 January 2013 11:42