Gymnastics School to Move into Bounce City Site
Strongsville Planning Commission OKs plans for Head Over Heels
Head Over Heels Gymnastics has gotten the go-ahead to take over the former Bounce City site in the Strongsville Plaza.
The Strongsville Planning Commission Thursday voted 7-0 in favor of both a conditional use permit and a small parking variance for the gym, which currently operates in 6,000 square feet at 11985 Prospect Rd.
The new site at 14767 Pearl Rd., which once housed a movie theater, has 12,225 square feet.
Co-owner Sandy Klosowski told the Planning Commission the move would allow her growing gymnastics business to offer more programs, create jobs and fill a year-old vacancy.
The location has been vacant since March 2011.
The commission last month voted down a conditional use permit on a technicality. City code allows fitness facilities to be no larger than 5,000 square feet in a General Business district.
The business has since received a variance from the Board of Zoning Appeals.
Parking at the plaza has been an issue. The commission last month rejected plans for a Chinese restaurant there because it could not meet the parking requirements.
Under Strongsville's code, a business the size of Head Over Heels would require 499 spaces, with 345 provided in the lot, for a deficit of 154.
But the BZA has already approved a 148-space deficit at the plaza, leaving Head Over Heels only six short.
Klosowski said her facility would hold high school and other meets, but only a few times a year.