Commission takes no action on ground-floor apartment proposal


By Brandon Klein - bklein@civitasmedia.com



The property owner of 9 N. Sandusky St. will put his plans on hold to convert a rear addition of the building into a ground-floor apartment.

Jim Manos, who owns four other buildings in downton, said the property would be easy to renovate into a residential unit as it many of the needed amenities.

The 690-square-foot, one-story concrete block was added at unknown date in the rear of the three-story building, which predates the Great Flood of 1913. J. Gumbo’s Cajun & Creole Cooking Co. uses the block addition for storage and a rear entrance.

“We did not have fully developed project scope,” said city development planner Dianne Guenther.

“Until the plan is fully developed, staff is unable to make a recommendation.”

Due to the fact that project requires the rear addition to be converted into an apartment, Manos would need to receive a permit from the Planning Commission and City Council before doing so.

Commission member Mark Hatten said Manos should have gone to planning first.

“The process needs to be followed,” he said.

But Manos said he wanted to get more information about the type of door he could use. Hatten said it would be pointless until planning grants the zoning variance.

“Until that’s done we can talk design until we’re blue in the face,” he said.

The commission tabled the request. Manos said he would follow up with the Planning Commission in the spring.

In other business, the commission was expected to have informal discussion with Bill Michailidis, owner of Hamburger Inn Diner, 16 N. Sandusky St., regarding items pertaining to the property. Michailidis did not appear at the meeting. Guenther told the commission he would meet with them at a later time with a formal presentation of adjustments with the patio enclosure.

The Historic Preservation Commission will meet again on Nov. 30.

By Brandon Klein

bklein@civitasmedia.com

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.