Landlord requests rezoning of office building across from SouthPark Shopping Center

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — The owner of a multi-tenant office on Ohio 82, just west of Interstate 77, wants the city to rezone the property so he can better market the building to half empty.

Jason Sheiban, Managing Member of SP-JS1 LLC, asked the city to rezone the 2½-acre lot on which the building stands from a “public amenities” district to a “general business” district.

Building — at the northwest corner of Ohio 82 and Falling Water Road, across from SouthPark Mall – now home to Quick Med Urgent Care and NOBC II LLC.

Sheiban, in its rezoning application, said only 50% of the building is currently under lease. He said rezoning would help him sign more tenants.

On Tuesday evening (September 6), the city council was due to refer the rezoning to the Strongsville Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation. Next, council will hold a public hearing on the proposed rezoning.

SP-JS1 purchased the 2½-acre property in January 2020 from Healthspan Integrated Care, paying $1 million, according to the Cuyahoga County tax office. The usable space of the building is 20,260 square feet.

Sheiban, in its rezoning application, said the existing zoning – public facilities – is too restrictive and “extremely difficult” to market.

Under city code, government buildings, churches, art galleries, libraries, museums, cemeteries, private clubs, schools, hospitals, medical centers, recreational facilities and wireless telecommunications and similar uses are permitted in public facility districts.

Also, Sheiban said, the zoning of public facilities does not match the region. The surrounding zoning districts include a recreational restaurant, shopping center, office building, and general business.

General business districts allow for, among other things, offices, shops, funeral homes, department stores, appliance stores, pet stores, sit-down restaurants, ice cream parlors, nightclubs, delicatessens, daycares , dance studios, gymnasiums and car repair centers.

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