The Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals has approved a request to go above a building-height requirement and allow for the construction of what will likely be the tallest building in the township, a Fairfield by Marriott Hotel at the junction of Central Avenue and US 23.
Preliminary plans for the site had been for a four-story hotel with 84 units.
The property lost 12.5 percent of its land when the state reconfigured the area for the new interchange.
The applicant, Ryan Wamsher, of Millstream Development, contended the situation created hardship and the hotel could no longer spread out to accommodate the number of units but would have to go up.
The board agreed and allowed for the project to exceed the 45 ft. maximum height required in the commercial zoning district and build the proposed five-story hotel at 62 ft.
The board also approved a conditional use permit which will allow for the construction of a church on Herr Road.
The panel voted unanimously in favor of the plans of the Apostolic Christian Church to build a church on a 6.33-acre parcel at 3730 Herr Road. The land is currently undeveloped.
Plans also included a possible fellowship hall in the future with additional parking.
The land is currently zoned for agricultural use.
The Lucas County Plan Commission recommended approval for the plans.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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