Berea City Council denies request to rezone business ‘house’ residential

BEREA, Ohio — It is rare for a Berea Planning Commission recommendation to City Council to not receive approval, but that is what happened at the June 21 council meeting.

Tim Carrig of Carrig and Associates has appeared before city officials multiple times since May, building a case for rezoning his 421 Front St. business property from Commercial Center to Residential Single-Family. He hoped the change in classification might better enable him to sell it.

He stressed that the pandemic had a very detrimental financial impact on his company, and he said potential buyers have asked if the property could be rezoned as a residence.

The Planning Commission voted 4-2 June 3 to recommend that City Council approve the rezoning ordinance. Council unanimously voted down the legislation, however, after its third public reading on June 21.

Planning Commission Chairman Matt Madzy, who cast one of the commission’s dissenting votes, spoke before council prior to its…

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