MOUNT VERNON — The city’s Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday granted a variance to Joel Mazza, owner of the old Mazza Restaurant building, that will clear the way for the building’s demolition and the city’s acquisition of 20 feet of right of way along Sandusky Street.
The variance will allow Mazza to build a new building on the lot without having to set it back 20 feet from the new right of way line, just as the old building is not set back from the old right of way.
Mayor Richard Mavis has obtained approval to use Move Ohio Forward money made available from the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to demolish the building, which qualified for the program because it once had apartments on the upper floors. The city wants the right of way to make room for the eventual widening of Sandusky Street and Mazza wants the variance so he does not wind up losing 40 feet of property. He will also be demolishing the other two buildings he owns on the block, but that will be done at his expense.
City Engineer Cameron Keaton said the eventual widening of Sandusky Street will be part of the long-term projected rerouting of Ohio 13 over a new bridge across the Kokosing River. Shorter term, it may be part of a plan to move both north- and southbound lanes of 13 to a single route from the existing viaduct.
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