Moratorium on multi-family housing continues in Streetsboro

by mike lesko | Reporter Published:

Streetsboro -- A moratorium on new multi-family housing developments will continue for at least another six months following Council's unanimous vote April 28.

The ordinance extending the moratorium stipulates that "no new applications shall be accepted by the city of Streetsboro … relating to the development of multi-family dwellings" for six months.

The moratorium, which was originally approved by City Council in September 2012, could be extended again, Mayor Glenn Broska said.

Broska believes too many multi-family dwellings would hurt the school system by providing numerous students from families that would not be required to pay property taxes.

"You have large apartment complexes and large multi-family dwellings that add more students than single family homes do," Broska said. "From talking with people in the city, they really feel, as I do, that we have our fair share of multi-family dwellings. We're not trying to exclude anybody. People feel there are enough multi-family dwellings out there now. I'd like to see more single-family dwellings."

Broska said he does not believe there is anything illegal about declaring a moratorium on multi-family housing.

"If there is any study that is done about single family housing vs. multi-family housing, I think anyone would find that we have much more multi-family housing than the average community," he said.

Broska said there are no multi-family housing projects pending.

Multifamily housing includes a range of different size developments from Shady Lake Apartments on Route 14 with 340 units to Rowanoake Apartments on Ranch Road, which has 116 units.

Broska said one of the things that makes Streetsboro unique is, "we have housing available for everybody -- large, small and entry-level homes.

"We have it all in Streetsboro," he said. "What we're trying to do is maintain that balance. We're well within what folks in Streetsboro want. There are enough apartments to accommodate people who want to move into the city. We have some high-quality apartments that are well maintained."


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