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Planning Commission Nixes Plan For New Speedway On Mentor Avenue

Planning Commission members said the gas station was not in character with the neighborhood

Mentor Planning Commission voted against a conditional-use permit that would allow for a new Speedway gas station at 7590 Mentor Avenue, which would have replaced the former Kronheim's Furniture building.

Commission members voted against it 5-1 with some members saying the gas station was not in character with the adjacent residential area.

Additionally, the city's ordinances dictate that the Speedway's convenience store should have a 50-foot buffer around. However, due to the size of the lot, the farthest the building could be from the property line is 42 feet, The News-Herald reported.

Planning Commission Chairman Bill Snow suggested that the lot was simply too small to accommodate the proposed service station and convenience store.

Several residents who live nearby the Kronheim's building attended the meeting and expressed concerns about additional traffic and suggested that the area did not need another gas station.

Ultimately, Nick Valeri was the only Commission member who voted in favor of the permit.

In reply, property co-owner warned the Commission that the Kronheim's building and lot could become a "permanent eyesore," The News-Herald reported.

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