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Auto Body Shop Proposed in Wadsworth, OH

Written by Jonathan Delozier, The Medina Gazette


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A new auto body shop could be opening on College Street in Wadsworth, OH, in the near future after project specs were approved by the Wadsworth Planning Commission.

Integrity Collision has shown interest in purchasing space at 487 College St. currently being used for commercial printing. The company operates another Wadsworth auto shop at 869 Broad St.


"The new applicant would like to convert this to an auto body repair shop," Planning and Zoning Director Jeff Kaiser said April 27. "Automotive repair uses are permitted in the C-3 district as long as they're not conducted within 50 feet of any residential zoning district."


Kaiser showed residences do border the College Street facility on the south and southwest sides, referring to homes on Westgate and Parkview avenues.


He said the proposed auto body shop is roughly 50 feet away from shared property lines.


"The code itself is not clear where the 50 feet is measured from," Kaiser said. "Is it property line from property line? Is it where the use takes place on the site to the property line? That's how I've interpreted it since everything is going to take place within the building itself. The building is about 50 feet away from the shared property line, so the minimum separation is addressed.


"I think the commission needs to remember the zoning code was really written back in the '50s and '60s when there was more of an emphasis on separating quote-unquote 'uses that weren't compatible with each other,'" he added. "I think technology and the ability to contain sounds and fumes have kind of changed that a bit."


Nearby existing commercial establishments including auto repair services were also cited by Kaiser in his presentation.


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