Zoning variances have been approved by the Sylvania Township board of zoning appeals which will allow for the development of two new restaurants in the area.
The board approved an exception to a requirement that the Brint Road frontage for the former Village Inn be 35 feet from the road. An addition planned for the east end of the building will be only 5.7 feet from the public right-of-way.
As part of a building renovation, the addition will include ADA restrooms.
The plan commission staff recommended approval of the variance.
The primary reason for that recommendation is the building was constructed prior to the extension of Brint Road to Harroun Road. The extension of Brint made the building non-conforming to the township zoning resolution, but not by any action of the property’s owner or the current applicant.
The new restaurant will be Cameo Pizza at the Inn, according to zoning documents. Cameo Pizza has its origins in Sandusky in the 1930s and has other locations in Ohio.
The other proposed restaurant to obtain a zoning variance is a Waffle House at 5445 Monroe St, the restaurant is designed to abut the east portion of the property of Mancy’s Italian restaurant.
The variance needed from zoning requirements deals with the rear of the property where a portion of the 0.4-acre parcel adjoins the residential property. Zoning rules require a landscape buffer of 30 feet be established between commercial and residential property.
Established commercial uses along that stretch of Monroe Street are not in compliance with the 30-foot buffer and the plan to share a cross-access drive with the auto maintenance business to the east, were reasons given by the staff to approve the variance.
The staff added a condition that the additional screening and landscaping will be at the discretion of the board and shall be enforced by the township zoning department.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
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