MACEDONIA — Don Basch Jewelers, which has been a part of the city’s business community for 35 years, eventually may have a new home just down Route 82 from its current location.

At the planning commission’s June 15 session, the Basch family unveiled plans for a 7,300-square-foot store and repair shop on the north side of Route 82, just west of Fairlane Drive and behind First Watch and AT&T. The shop currently is east of Fairlane Drive beside the Winking Lizard.

The panel tabled the plans until the family decides whether it wants to pursue either rezoning the vacant lot or seeking a use variance. The lot is in a business/office zoning district, which does not permit retail businesses.

The lot is surrounded on the south and east by retail businesses, on the north by homes and on the west by Route 8. Dustin Basch said the family must decide soon which option to pursue so it can close on the land purchase. The panel’s next regular meeting is July 20.

Basch said the building would be erected on the west side of the lot, leaving room for another building on the east side. However, he said there are no plans at this time to build on the eastern portion. "That could happen possibly 10 to 15 years down the road," he said.

Basch said the new site is needed because the business has run out of space at its current location. He noted visibility from Route 8 is important, and a tower on one corner of the building would allow signage visible from Routes 8 and 82.

City planner Brian Frantz said a handful of setback variances would be required for the relocation.

"Of all businesses which have considered buying this parcel over the years, this one is the best fit," said Building Director Nino Monaco. "We are very pleased that a local business wants to stay in the city." Mayor Nick Molnar echoed that sentiment.

Other business

In other action, the panel approved a final site plan for CLEanLand Car Wash between South Freeway Drive and the northbound entrance ramp onto I-271. The panel’s approval is subject to administrative approval and resolution of possible noise issues because there is a residential property north of the proposed business.

Plastic Materials at 775 E. Highland Road received approval to erect five silos for storage of bulk materials. The plant is just east of the railroad tracks across from Fun-N-Stuff.

Architect David Pelligra said there currently are three silos on the grounds, and the new ones would be about the same height as the existing ones. Frantz said the silos are exempt from the city’s height requirement. Approval is subject to the engineer’s stormwater review.

Two churches received approval for improvements. Western Reserve Grace Church at 1066 E. Aurora Road will replace its current 42-by-96-inch monument sign with one the same size, and St. Gregorio’s at 1252 E. Aurora Road will change the front of its building from vinyl to face brick on top, with a concrete masonry stone base.

Review of plans for a new 15,358-square-foot Ohio State Waterproofing building at 393 E. Highland Road was tabled at the company’s request. The building would be to the east of the firm’s existing building and just west of South Bedford Road.

Meanwhile, City Engineer Joe Gigliotti reported plans are moving forward for the new right-in, right-out access road from Route 8 into the Crossings at Golden Link. City Council likely will award a $303,544 contract soon to C.A. Agresta Construction of Cleveland.

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