BRUNSWICK, Ohio — A recent glut of “small discount” stores in the city has led to a temporary moratorium on issuing occupancy permits to such businesses.
Before City Council unanimously approved the moratorium (Ward 1 Councilman Michael Abella Jr. was absent from the meeting), Community and Economic Development Director Grant Aungst said small discount stores are defined as stores between 3,000 and 15,000 square feet. buildings that do not dedicate at least 15% of the storage space to food and fresh produce.
Aungst said the moratorium is needed for the city to consider whether these businesses are “the highest and best use,” especially since there are currently four such stores in Brunswick, and a fifth is about to move in.
“We are also concerned that there is a concerted effort (by small discount retailers) to flood our markets when we know we have quality retailers in our community who need our support,” said said Aungst.
“This period will allow us to take a deeper look at our code and how best to plan and move forward with retail businesses (establishments) of all types. It is important that we get it right.”
Ward 2 Councilman Nick Hanek said he’s not sure how long the moratorium will need to be in place, but agreed with Aungst that it’s imperative to investigate the situation further at this time.
“We’re one of the first places in the area to do that,” Hanek said.
Later in the meeting, the council lifted a similar moratorium on warehouses, truck terminals and distribution stations, after months of consideration.
The Board also approved:
· A $102,000 contract with Konstruction King Inc. for the city’s 2020 sump repair program. City Engineer Matt Jones said the project is expected to begin in September and last 60 days, with about 50 catch basins and affected concrete slabs and driveway decks being repaired.
· An $85,094 contract with Set In Stone Contracting for the construction of a settling station at the Brunswick service station. Previously approved legislation established cost sharing between the city and the county of Medina for the construction and operation of the project. The station will be used to evacuate water from materials drawn from storm sewers and ditches and will be used by both the city and the county, Jones said. The project is expected to start in September and end in December.
· An order placing the recommendations of the Brunswick Charter Review Commission on the November 3 ballot.
· A resolution declaring Brunswick a “purple-hearted city”. August 7 is National Purple Heart Day.
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