Beau Dusz correspondent

WADSWORTH: After a public hearing  Monday on a proposal to create a new commercial zoning district along College Street between State Route 57 and Wadsworth Road, the Planning Commission tabled the issue to assess the public comments.

Most of the residential property owners who spoke against the proposal, saw the creation of a new zoning district in the area as an attempt to provide a way for a Stop'n Go convenience store and gasoline station to be built.

The commission in November recommended that City Council not rezone acreage in the area from residential to commercial as a site for the Stop'n Go facility after hearing the concerns raised by area property owners.

At the public hearing, Service Director Chris Easton who was standing in for Planning Director Jeff Kaiser, told the commission the proposed district, referred to as the College Street Gateway District, would be more "restrictive" than C-3 zoning with the intent of reducing the impact on abutting residences.

Area resident Keith Pelfry told the commission a 24-hour gasoline station was "too extreme" for a residential area.  Mike Copley explained a 24-hour station would "breed crime."

Connie Krauss referred to the proposal as an "accommodation district for Stop'n Go."

Bill Krauss said the issue “has ruined our spring and is now ruining our summer.”

Terry Copeland spoke in favor of a gasoline station in the area and advocated a new northbound ramp onto State Route 57 be built.

The commission set a public hearing at 7:05 on July 8 to discuses a plan to build an apartment complex on Reimer and Hinkle Roads.

In January the commission approved a plan for the development, but the plan had to be revised after a survey indicated wetlands covered more of the area than previously thought.

The new plan reduces the number of apartments and increases the number of acres for the project.