Streetsboro -- A new indoor recreation center, featuring a field of trampolines and possibly a restaurant serving pizza or other items, is in the preliminary planning stage.
The Streetsboro Planning & Zoning Commission, which met Jan. 8, unanimously recommended that City Council approve a zoning text change which would permit indoor recreation facilities in all business-transitional zoning districts, including the 4.17-acre proposed site for this business, a location on Route 43 between CVS and Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supplies just north of Frost Road. "It's going to be these giant trampolines that are all connected," said Robert Dubyak, an attorney representing The Alan Group, which plans to develop the site.
Planning & Zoning Commission member Davene Sarrocco-Smith said there are actually two items for the commission to consider in the application for the zoning change.
"One is to add indoor recreation facility; the second point is to refine the restaurant component of it," she said.
Dubyak confirmed The Alan Group is actually seeking two separate zoning code changes.
The commission also voted unanimously voted to permit restaurants without drive-through windows.
Sarrocco-Smith said she believes the indoor recreation center would be appropriate in a business-transitional zoned area.
"I believe a recreation facility is within the concept of what our current master plan envisions for that area," she said. According to the zoning code, the purpose of a business transitional district is "to accommodate the sale of convenience retail goods and personal services purchased frequently for daily or weekly needs. The purpose of this district is to encourage groupings of establishments located on an unified site providing adequate off street parking as well as an efficient and safe method of handling vehicles and pedestrian traffic."
Permitted uses include banks, art or photo galleries, delicatessens or coffee shops, a hardware store, a florist's shop, a dance studio, employment services, professional offices such as medical, dental, architectural, optical business, libraries and museums and more.
There was a short discussion whether to permit delivery of food (like pizza) from a restaurant in a business-transitional district.
Commission member Jerome Pavlick said it may be wise to ban delivery since the zoning change would affect any areas zoned for business-transitional zoning.
"Because it's generic, it could create some problems," he said.
Sarrocco-Smith said a delivery service is "potentially dangerous" in a zoning district that's supposed to foster walkability.
But Mayor Glenn Broska said he doesn't think it would be problem.
"Because a vehicle has a little thing on top that says 'Pizza Hut,' I don't really understand why there's so much concern about having delivery out of a restaurant," he said.
The commission unanimously recommended restaurants without drive-through windows (part of the original request) be permitted in business-transitional districts, according to city officials.
City Council would have the final say on the zoning changes. If Council approves the changes The Alan Group would then need to submit preliminary site plans to the city.
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