Proposed Cedar Coventry development concerns neighbors

To the Editor:

The Cleveland Heights Planning Department is considering a proposal from Kertesz Enterprises, a developer from Orange Village, to build a four-plex on the vacant lot at the corner of Cedar and Coventry roads. Neighbors have voiced a number of concerns about the impact that three significant zoning variances, which are required for the developer to move forward, will have on the neighborhood.

Their concerns include increased traffic and safety issues at an already congested intersection; setting a precedent for other high-density housing in a predominantly single-family neighborhood; setback variances that eliminate any usable open space; and a building whose size is out of scale with houses in the neighborhood.

The case was originally presented to the Cleveland Heights Board of Zoning Appeals at the March 19 meeting. After a lengthy presentation by both sides, the board decided to continue the hearing for 30 days because one of the members recused himself, and no alternate was available to vote. The second public hearing before the Board of Zoning Appeals to determine the future use of the Cedar-Coventry property is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Cleveland Heights City Hall.

Kathleen Fant

Kathleen Fant
Cleveland Heights

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014