STOW: Thorndale Avenue residents will have to wait another two weeks to find out if car dealer Ron Marhofer can put a parking lot in the middle of their neighborhood.
Residents gathered in City Hall on Thursday night expecting a vote on the proposed expansion of the car dealership that has generated a lot of discussion both for and against.
At a public hearing Monday on Marhofer’s zoning change request, Stow City Council president Jim Costello told the packed house he would table the legislation at Thursday’s regular council meeting if he did not have a full council.
On Thursday, Councilman Brian D’Antonio was out of town and was not at the meeting.
Marhofer has asked the city for a zoning change so he can renovate his offices and showroom at Darrow and Kent roads to meet General Motors standards.
The new building will be larger and will take away 70 parking spaces at the dealership.
He has asked the City Council to change 1.3 acres on Thorndale Avenue from residential zoning to commercial so he can replace the lost parking spots.
Marhofer has offered to put a fence or mound between his property and the remaining residential homes or to landscape with trees.
Residents, like Terry May, who spoke at Thursday’s meeting, don’t want to lose the mature trees that now shield the dealership from view.
“If I came in and said I’d like you to close off the road because I need more space, you’d laugh me out of here, tell me to move to somewhere that fits my needs,” she said. “That’s what he’s asking.”
The $5 million proposal has dragged on for months as the city has debated the issue.