Discount Tire Plans Hit a Roadblock
City planners don't support Whitney-Pearl rezoning
A national tire store that sought to rezone property at the southwest corner of Pearl and Whitney roads has hit a bump in the road.
But the city Planning Commission voted 6-0 last week against recommending the rezoning.
City Council could overturn the recommendation, but council members have already said they have issues with the proposal.
At a Planning Commission meeting Sept. 6, Assistant Law Director Dan Kolick said the company was seeking to rezone 1.1 acres for Motorist Services use, although city code typically requires 2 acres for MS zoning.
Kolick cautioned the commission that even though Discount Tire filed the application, once the property is rezoned, any other vehicle-oriented business -- including a gas station -- could move in if Discount Tire changes its mind about building in Strongsville.
Residents in the area adamantly opposed a proposal by Sheetz last year to build on that corner. The gas station has since returned with a plan to build on the same corner, but on the other side of Pearl Road.
City officials had concerns about the Discount Tire plan because it appeared the store would occupy only part of the Quality Catering property, and might not raze the vacant building.
Council President Mike Daymut said in April the city would rather see a project that would include the entire area, not just a small portion.
The two parcels are currently zoned General Business and Restaurant-Recreational.
Discount Tire indicated in its application it was purchasing the property.
The company operates more than 800 stores in 23 states, according to its website.