Jardine's Seeks Expansion to Build Crematory
It would be the first in Strongsville
Jardine Funeral Home is seeking approval of a 1,400-square-foot expansion so it can add a crematorium to its Pearl Road business.
The city Planning Commission is expected tonight to review site plans for the project, which would be the first of its kind in Strongsville.
Jason Jardine said he does not expect the plan to be controversial. He said the number of people choosing cremation is on the rise, and the trend is likely to continue.
"It's leaning that way," Jardine said. "My bet is that it will."
At Jardine's request, Strongsville last year amended its zoning code to address crematories.
Law Director Ken Kraus said the city added local requirements to operate a crematory, in addition to existing state regulations.
The legislation says only licensed funeral homes can operate crematories, which cannot be built within 150 feet of a residential property. They can be used only for human remains -- not for animals -- and their design and landscaping would have to be approved by the Architectural Review Board.
Scattering of cremated remains at the funeral home site is prohibited. Also, carbon monoxide emissions would have to meet standards of the Cleveland Division of Air Quality and the crematory could not become "a nuisance by way of particulate matter, offensive smells, noise, smoke or any other reason," the legislation says.
No action on the plan is expected tonight. Jardine said he believes the matter will be referred to the Board of Zoning Appeals because he will need a 20-foot variance.