The Sylvania Township trustees have approved the rezoning of a parcel of land from commercial to residential, allowing a family to rebuild a home destroyed by fire in February.
Teresa Laney, the daughter of Jeanne Laney, the property owner, said that after the fire the family decided they wanted to rebuild on the lot at 5654 Roberts Rd., but were informed that the commercial zoning classification did not allow for residential construction.
She said she had gone to the township to learn what permits might be needed to raze what was left of the structure but was informed about the zoning issue. The house was built in 1941, prior to the time Sylvania Township had a zoning code.
In one form or another, the family occupied the house since 1956.
“We love Sylvania Township, we love the neighborhood. We just need the zoning classification changed so we can bulldoze the house and start building,” she said after an earlier meeting of the township zoning commission.
The staff of the township planning and zoning office recommended approval for the change as had the township and the Lucas County zoning commissions.
Written by: Mike Jones, Public Information Officer
Published: May 7, 2021
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