TWINSBURG – A personal fitness gym/studio is likely to open in a few weeks in 2,000 square feet of a 12,000-square-foot multi-tenant building in Omni Park II at 1893 E. Aurora Road, just east of Chamberlin Road.
The planning commission recommended to City Council on Nov. 1 that a conditional zoning permit be issued to John Kilbourne of Reminderville for the facility to be called Rebourne Fitness Studio.
Council on Nov. 8 approved issuing the permit. The site is in an I-2 limited industrial zoning district, where the city’s zoning code allows a personal fitness studio to be conditionally permitted.
The area is zoned residential on the north, heavy industrial on the south and limited industrial on the east and west. The building was erected in 1986.
Kilbourne said the daily use of the space will be for one-on-one personal training with an office. Personal training will occur in four larger rooms. Four employees are planned in the near future, and there would be no more than eight people inside at one time.
He added the parking lot is large enough to accommodate traffic without interfering with roadways. However, the planning panel stipulated that the property owner must establish an appropriately signed and striped ADA van-accessible parking space.
Kilbourne said the opening of the facility will depend on when equipment is received, which could be affected by delays associated with COVID-19 and logistics uncertainties.
Planning panelist Steve Shebeck brought up the issue of a house on Ravenna Road which is collapsing. He described it as a “public nuisance” and “public health hazard.”
He said the house has been in disrepair for four-plus years, and he believes “it’s time for the city to start leaning on property owners and quit waiting for the courts to act” in cases where properties are in disrepair.
City planner Lynn Muter said the building department has received numerous complaints about the house. “I don’t know why it’s lingering,” she said, adding the next step might be to get advice from law director David Maistros as to what to do.
She said there have been some people interested in purchasing the property. Shebeck suggested the city could have the house condemned, force the owner to tear it down or contract to have it demolished and assess the cost to the owner’s tax duplicate.
Muter reported a board of zoning appeals public hearing was scheduled for Oct. 27 to hear an appeal of the building commissioner’s order to condemn buildings at Lake Vue Lodge Apartments at 11451 Ravenna Road, but the session was canceled.
Muter also reported a new restaurant has been proposed for the former Damon’s building on Wilcox Drive behind Cracker Barrel, and Starbucks is considering redesigning its drive-thru lane to improve vehicle stacking.
If there are any items on the agenda, the next planning panel meeting will be Dec. 13.
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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: A fitness gym/studio gets the go-ahead from Council, planners