South Avenue property zone change proposed

BOARDMAN -- The township's zoning commission will conduct a hearing at 6 p.m. today on a request to rezone about six acres along the west side of South Avenue from residential to commercial.
The meeting will be in the township government center, 8299 Market St.
Poland Atty. Sebastian Rucci requested the zone change on behalf of Suzanne Melia, who owns and lives at the property at 7650 and 7680 South Avenue.
The property is south of the Presidential Drive-South Avenue intersection.
Rucci said Melia is requesting the change so she can sell the property. There isn't a specific buyer lined up.
Darren Crivelli, zoning inspector, expects residents of the nearby Presidential development to attend the hearing in opposition to the zone change. The residential development abuts Melia's property.
Rucci expects that too. He said he met with some residents and proposed installing a buffer between Melia's property and the homes, but they didn't respond, the attorney said.
Rucci contends that other than Melia's property, all of the property that fronts South Avenue, Western Reserve Road and U.S. Route 224 is zoned commercial.

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