Tallmadge — A request for a conditional zoning certificate to open The Sound Garden Cafe at 290 West Ave. fell on deaf ears at a special Planning and Zoning Commission meeting Oct. 9.
The three commission members in attendance — Gerald Taylor, chair; Julie Oliver; and Pat Larson — voted to reject the request from applicant Robert Morrison as being in violation of permitted use, specifically, a city ordinance which states a restaurant serving alcohol may not be within 250 feet of an adult entertainment facility.
The Sound Garden’s proposed location in Rocco Plaza is within 175 feet of Adultmart at 292 West Ave., according to City Engineer Roger Lyons’ calculations.
Adultmart, Lyons explained, sells adult books, novelties, videos and features several video viewing booths.
“We have a code in place,” said Oliver, “I’m confident we need to follow that code. I don’t feel (the proposed restaurant) is harmonious with the area.”
Oliver also said she was concerned about the Commission setting a precedent it may eventually regret. “It’s a slippery slope,” she added.
“I welcome The Sound Garden to Tallmadge,” said Kline, “but it doesn’t meet the conditions of this location.”
Morrison’s application, which was scheduled for a third reading at City Council’s meeting the following night, was moved to a second reading. It will be discussed at the Council of the Whole meeting on Oct. 21 and voted on at the Oct. 24 meeting.
If Council approves the conditional zoning permit request, Morrison would need to obtain a state liquor license to serve alcohol. Morrison’s hope was to open The Sound Garden in November or December.
Editor’s note: Reporter Holly Schoenstein contributed to this article.
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