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New Chinese Restaurant Nixed

Little Hong Kong plans turned down because of parking shortage

Plans for a Chinese takeout restaurant in part of the former  spot in the Strongsville Plaza on Pearl Road have been turned down.

The Strongsville Planning Commission Thursday voted against a conditional use permit for Little Hong Kong to operate in 2,392 square feet in the former hobby store, 14785 Pearl Rd.

Parking is the issue. Officials said the restaurant is required to provide 517 parking spaces, but would only have access to 345, leaving a 172-space deficit.

Assistant Law Director Dan Kolick said two restaurants -- and -- are already sharing the 345 spaces in the Strongsville Plaza.

They will be joined this fall by  for a restaurant. 

Kolick said the city has made it clear that the only restaurant that could open in Strongsville Plaza would be a takeout-only operation.

Little Hong Kong sought seating for up to 24 dine-in customers. 

Last summer,  of the former Bally's building for a huge Japanese-Chinese-American eatery, but was turned down because there were not enough parking spaces in the Strongsville Plaza lot.

Old Carolina was approved despite a parking deficiency because it is smaller than Kumo and did not require as many spaces.

Dick Satterwaite September 08, 2012 at 02:33 PM
I am finding it hard to believe that the present shopping center occupants and the addition of the two new proposed reaturants can't function with a 345 space parking lot. Maybe it's time city officials review the requirements. Why are we making it difficult for new businesses?
Kerry McLemore September 09, 2012 at 04:24 PM
Agreed! I challenge anyone that drives past this shopping center frequently, as I do, to mention a time recently when parking was an issue here. It could take this restaurant and more and still have parking spaces left over! C'mon!

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