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Zoning makes it tougher for sex related businesses in Austintown



Published: Mon, April 22, 2013 @ 7:00 p.m.

Zoning makes it tougher for sex related businesses in Austintown

AUSTINTOWN

Township trustees have approved rezoning that might help discourage “sex-related” businesses from coming into the area.

They approved a resolution Monday, rezoning and reclassifying 11 lots on Interstate Boulevard from industrial to business.

“We have to allow sexually-oriented businesses in the township, but we can regulate where they are,” Crivelli said.

It was his last meeting Monday before he moves to Boardman Township’s zoning office.

As a business regulation, zoning of the area is more geared toward restaurants and hotels than the broader industrial zoning.

“None of the property owners there will be hurt,” Crivelli said.

The regulations are not geared toward legitimate therapeutic massage parlors, including those licensed or registered by the State of Ohio Medical Board; licensed cosmetologists, barbers, barber apprentices, chiropractors, podiatrists, or practical or registered nurses; or anyone working under the supervision of the other exempted professionals, according to the zoning ordinance. Hospitals, nursing homes and public health centers are also not a part of the provisions of the regulations.

“We’re talking about the ones that are open at 3 a.m.,” Crivelli said.

Trustees also had a public hearing on the matter Monday, in which no one other than Crivelli spoke for or against it.

Trustees also approved a resolution declaring properties at 348 Westminster Ave., 6526 Mahoning Ave., 2450 South Turner Road, 5511 Silica Road, 1204 South Meridian Road, 245 South Main St. and 2531 Amberly St. as nuisances. Two parcels on Crum Road were also rezoned and reclassified from residential to industrial districts.


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