CEDC Minutes - February 4th 2013
Community & Economic Development Committee
February 4, 2013
The Community & Economic Development Committee met on Monday, February 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at the Mayfield Village Civic Center.
Tom Marrie (Council Rep)
Bill Marquardt (Council Alt)
Bruce Rinker (Mayor)
David Hartt (Planner)
Ted Esborn (Development Director)
Diane Wolgamuth (Director of Administration)
Ronald Wynne (Director of Finance)
Nick Delguyd (Council Rep)
Governor’s Village Expansion
Mr. Esborn reminded the Committee members that at the conclusion of the last CEDC meeting, the Committee agreed that the Village would prefer a purchase by Governor’s Village of the property needed for their expansion, rather than an easement. Since that meeting, the Village provided names of acceptable appraisers and Governor’s Village paid to have an appraisal done. The appraisal value of the property is $4,500.00. Meanwhile, Governor’s Village has been before the Planning & Zoning Commission seeking preliminary site approval. Mr. Esborn stated that, if the CEDC is agreeable to selling the property for the appraised value, his next step will be to have the Law Department draft a sales agreement which would then go to Council for approval. Mr. Hartt added that the P&Z vote on the final site plan will be made contingent on the Village’s approval to sell the property and securing the necessary variances.
Mr. Marrie stated that he sees no problem selling this piece of property to Governor’s Village. He believes that it is land that the Village is not going to use and it gives Governor’s Village the opportunity to improve what they have, which will also benefit the Village in terms of additional income and property taxes. Mr. Esborn agreed and stated that Governor’s Village expects to add 10 to 15 additional jobs, including one Director’s position. Mr. Marquardt agreed that the proposed sale makes sense.
Mr. Esborn will speak to the Law Department about drafting the agreement.
Mr. Esborn reported that QED continues to explore expansion in their current building along with consideration of the Euclid Industries Building and the multi-tenant building at 701 Beta. Part of the difficulty with QED remaining at their current building is the lack of a loading dock and lack of space necessary to add one. Mr. Esborn stated that he continues to be involved in discussions with QED, the owners of 700 Beta, 701 Beta and the Cuyahoga County Development Department in an effort to assist QED’s relocation efforts.
Mr. Esborn advised that the ownership of Deacons has changed and there are two new partners now involved with Jim Deacon. Diane Calta is working with Jim Deacon to draft the easement agreement for the buffer. Jim Deacon anticipates coming back to P&Z soon for final site plan approval.
Mr. Esborn reported that details of the Development Agreement with Sam Cannata continue to be worked out. Mr. Hartt stated that the phasing of the buildings has changed a bit as the developer wants to make sure that what he builds is not too aggressive and remains vacant. The developer has asked that the Village not require the building of the second building until tenants are secured. Mr. Esborn stated that the Development Agreement will stay on second read while the remaining details are worked out.
Mr. Esborn asked for reaction to the recent tour of SKF on Alpha Drive and the former Euclid Industries Building at 6660 Beta Drive. This tour was given by representatives of Premier Development, the new owners of the buildings. Mr. Marrie stated that the work done to the building on Alpha was very encouraging and Mr. Marquardt agreed that Premier did a nice job in refurbishing the building.
P&Z and ARB Recent Actions
Mr. Esborn described actions taken by P&Z and the Architectural Review Board with respect to a recent applicant seeking a conditional use permit on Beta Drive. This applicant’s business includes a small amount of walk-in retail traffic. Mr. Esborn stated that, for years, we have looked for ways to change the zoning code that could make such uses permitted, rather than requiring conditional use permits. Until such a change in the code is codified, we must continue to utilize conditional use permits.
Mr. Marquardt stated that he has some reservations about making changes to the Code. He believes that the Village wants a reasonably classy industrial park. The Committee discussed what percentage of retail is acceptable on Beta Drive and the difference between retail and walk-in retail.
Mayor Rinker stated that it is time to look at the zoning and define appropriate uses, including retail, while regulating the retail component. Mayor Rinker suggested looking at permitted uses and modifying the definition to include some component of retail. Mr. Marquardt stated that it must be done in an organized manner. “We need to stop doing spot stuff.”
Mr. Hartt stated that the changes need to be codified and applied more broadly. The Building Commissioner has to determine that, without the retail component, the use is allowed in a particular district. Mr. Hartt suggested 10% of floor space be allowed for retail with a cap at 400 to 600 sq. ft.
Mr. Marquardt asked if the changes would need to go to referendum. Mayor Rinker responded that they do not as the zoning is not being changed and will retain the integrity of the zoning. Mr. Marquardt stated that we need to consider impact on traffic and maintaining the appearance of the area for high-end tenants.
Mr. Esborn mentioned that Sherwin Williams operates on Beta Drive under a conditional use permit. They have a counter and sell product to customers. Mr. Esborn asked why that use is acceptable. Mr. Marquardt responded that signage is the tipping point. Mr. Hartt suggested that companies not be permitted to change the exterior of the building to market it as a retail space. “In most cases, you come in to look and pick up product later. There is a difference in retail character.”
Mr. Marquardt stated that we need to determine what we want to see in retail. He is not comfortable with permitting retail, one applicant at a time. Mayor Rinker suggested that language be drafted that provides the Village with some control. “We have plenty of broad standards. How do we calibrate them so it is not arbitrary? We all agree in principle.“
Mr. Hartt suggested that when amending the code, medical offices be added as a use. He also suggested removing the two-year restriction on conditional use permits. Mayor Rinker said “we must impose measures that make sense and promote a healthy code.” Mr. Marquardt added, “And keep it high-end”.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:00 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by
Diane Wolgamuth, Director of Administration