COLUMBIANA - The city's business offerings are expanding, with a new restaurant and other retail stores planned to open here in the future.
The businesses are expected to take up residence on state Route 14, North Main Street, South Main Street and East Park Avenue now that their owners have permission from the city's planning commission.
Some, like Iola Mordocco, already operate businesses in the Boardman area, but are drawn to Columbiana.
"I love your, area and that's why I want to come here," she told the commission.
She and Deanna Mordocco plan to open a restaurant on Route 14. The restaurant will offer take-out, including pizza, she said.
James Hanlon Jr. moved to the city a year ago and currently operates a business on Western Reserve Avenue in Boardman and one in Unity Township.
He said he's looking to relocate everything "closer to home" and that the retail store will sell previously owned merchandise, mostly furniture. The store will be located at South Main Street.
Tom Dorn has also lived in the city a year and operates a business in Boardman. He wants to open a retail store and storage facility on East Park Avenue.
Dorn said the facility will be used to house the items until there is room for them in the store.
Commission members balked at the idea of approving the request when he said he intended to hold auctions from the location situated in a C-4 intensive and automobile oriented zoning district near the park.
Commission member Ron LaLonde said there is already a lot of activity in there and believed parking would be an issue.
"That particular use for that property is a bit disturbing to me," he said.
Assistant Building and Zoning Inspector Bob Belding said he didn't believe anything in the city's zoning code prohibited auction houses.
Dorn said he would pay attention to the city's schedule, including park activities and not hold auctions on evenings in which something else is taking place there.
"I'm certainly not going to do it on a Friday night during a football game," he said.
With the exception of LaLonde, the commission approved Dorn's request, noting that they believed his business would be good for the community.
Other requests before the commission were changes to already existing businesses, such as a handicap-accessible parking lot for the Seederly, Mong and Beck Funeral home.
Mark Beck said the building on Pittsburgh Street adjacent to the funeral home at South Elm Street will be razed in the future.
"After we raze that house we want to put handicap parking there ... Right now our situation is parking is all south on the road and anyone who is handicapped has to be pushed across the road on a wheelchair which is a hazardous situation," he said.
He said roughly three or four handicap parking spaces would be made available on the paved lot. He added the construction wouldn't begin until next year.
Other matters approved were:
- Allowing Richard Graft and Larry Burns to construct a maintenance building on state Route 14 to enhance the Graft Electric business nearby.
- Allowing Crista Burt to operate a beauty salon at North Main Street. She currently owns the salon near Huntington Bank and wishes to move the business.
- Allowing Austin Beiling to construct a 30- by - 60- foot storage building on East Park Avenue.
- Allowing APL Properties LLC to replat several lots at The Back Bay at Arrowhead Lake.