July 24, 2016

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Medina City Council rejects Handel’s ice cream shop

MEDINA — Council rejected a plan to construct a Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt on South Court Street on Monday night, but the ice cream shop could still come to the Old Sturbridge subdivision.

The conditional-use application will now go back to the Planning Commission with recommendations that were the result of a meeting with the Old Sturbridge Condominium Owners Association, Planning Director Greg Hannan and Ward 4 Councilman Jim Shields in late March.

Among the neighbors’ requests are a 6-foot wood fence that matches that of the condo association and utilities that are accessed independently from the Old Sturbridge Village Condos.

Neighbors also are asking that the awning of the building be unlit and that siding on the building be horizontal rather than vertical, as drawn in the original site plan.

The intention is to make it more compatible with other structures in the area, Shields said.

Six council members denied the conditional application, and also voted to send the application back to the Planning Commission with the recommended changes.

At-large Councilman Jim Coyne abstained because his law firm represents the developer.

The Old Sturbridge Subdivision was approved at a Planned Unit Development in 1995. Though there is light commercial zoning on the parcel, any commercial construction requires a conditional-use permit and approval by the Planning Commission and City Council.

Contact Lisa Hlavinka at (330) 721-4048 or lhlavinka@medina-gazette.com.