"It's been a long haul but we think it will be a great location," Dale Markowitz said after thanking the Planning Commission during its meeting Thursday.
Markowitz is the attorney for the Sheetz service station project at Eckley's Corner; and, two years after the Planning Commission originally approved the permits for the project, the Commision approved Sheetz's final site plan.
Markowitz also thank the city's administration and the neighbors who will live nearby the service station for their cooperation throughout the process.
The first time Sheetz tried to move in, in 2010, some Mentor residents who lived nearby initially opposed the idea. However, a few of these neighbors changed their mind when Sheetz offered to make compromises, including getting rid of outdoor music and dining, as well as adding landscaping buffers.
The new permit request notes that the families who live directly south of the property support Sheetz's request.
In 2010, Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow Sheetz a permit to set up shop at Eckley's Corner. But then Mentor City Council voted 4-3 to not allow it.
Since then, three of the four people who voted against the Sheetz permit have left Council, paving the way for Sheetz's return.
Planning Commission Member Sean Blake thanked Sheetz, as well, for their persistence.
"I want to thank you guys for your patience and diligence and compromise," he said.
Also at the Planning Commission meeting:
- The Commission approved a permit for in the old AMVETS building at 4679 Corduroy Road.
Initially, the commission decided to defer the vote until Thursday's meeting so Charles Young, the owner of the proposed pool hall, can put together a security plan for his business.
Young said he would hire a security guard or contract with an off-duty police officer if fights became a problem. The Mentor Police Department has also offered to make spot checks on the business.
"I'm going to put in some security cameras, as well," Young said.
Young wants to open a game room that would have a pair of pool tables, darts, ping-pong, foosball, air hockey, pinball and corn hole, as well as a snack shop.
The business -- tentatively named Cy's Place -- would cater to teenagers during the day and adults at night, Young said.
Cy's Place does not have a liquor permit, nor is Young requesting one.
- The Commission also approved a permit for a dojo at 7471 Tyler Boulevard, Unit K.
Kick Martial Arts will offer cardio fitness programs and martial arts classes.
Blake asked Kick owner, Timothy Holmes, why he would want to open this business in a manufacturing district as opposed to a commercial area.
"This is an area where you're not going to have any drive-by exposure," Blake said.
"It comes down to rent," Holmes replied. "The standard rent is much cheaper there then it is in a commercial area."
Five of the Commission members approved Holmes' permit request. Blake voted against it and Nicholas Valeri was not at the meeting.