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Residents on Sylvan Green Road in Sylvania objected at a public hearing this week to a proposed zoning change of a nearby property on Harroun Road for business development.
A Sylvania company called 10 Mile Development has requested the nearly one-acre of property at 4840 Harroun Rd. be rezoned from single residential to modified business and office. The stone house on the property would be renovated into a photography studio, a detached garage would be redone to have a residence and a small business space, plus future plans for four two-bedroom cottage houses toward the rear of the property.
Resident Lawrence Natho spoke out against the proposed development of the site on Harroun near where it dead-ends into Holland-Sylvania Road.
“I’m a resident, not a business... I like to live in a residential area," he said. "And I don’t think anyone here would like anything different.”
He was one of seven residents who attended the hearing before Sylvania City Council.
The Sylvania company proposing the rezoning and development is owned by the Moan family, a member of which is city's special counsel Jim Moan, whose responsibliities include helping with economic growth.
Jamie Moan, who is the city's special counsel's son, reviewed the proposed plans with the residents and council at the hearing. He said he and his wife, Sarah, would own the studio. The garage now has an apartment on a second level. The proposed cottage homes, The homes, which would be rented for $800 to $1,000 a month, would each be about 1,000 square feet on 1½ levels, with a higher-pitched roof for a loft.
The plans call for about 22 parking spaces, with some under an awning for resident vehicles.
The city planning commission approved the development on a 4-1 vote in February.
Other concerns expressed this week by residents included the parking being too close to their property lines as well as possible problems with having “transient” neighbors.
Jamie Moan said the property was a rental property for more than 10 years, but now is vacant. He also said he could install privacy screening.
Council referred the plans to the zoning committee so the administration can review the proposal and address resident concerns.