BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) – Potential zoning changes at the corner of Wooster and North Prospect in Bowling Green are still being debated.
A vote was supposed to occur Tuesday night regarding the development and creation of a new zoning classification. The new zone, a B-5 transitional zone, was approved, but the absence of a council member did not provide a majority vote, so the developer has to wait two more weeks.
The corner in question currently hosts a parking lot and a few houses. A developer wants to build a 2-story strip mall. The first floor would be commercial, while the second would be residential units.
Neighbors of the locations wanted restrictions for the building that did not exist in a current zone classification, such as what types of businesses could move into the development. The new B-5 zone includes those restrictions, but the details have not all been worked out.
"The next step is to create a sighting plan that provides adequate buffering and screening between the existing residential uses and the proposed commercial uses," said Neocles Leontis, a concerned resident.
But the developer expressed two weeks ago that a delay in the decision could mean the project will fall apart. A representative of the developer said she hopes their tenants can wait another two weeks.
Council members are moving as fast as they can, while making sure they do things right.
"As a council person, I've been trying to balance the citizens' desire for a slow, transparent process with the reality that if this took half a year, it probably would dissipate," said Council President John Zanfardino.
A February 4 vote is now expected.
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