Twinsburg planners, Council paving the way for a fitness studio

Twinsburg Town Hall

TWINSBURG – A personal gym / fitness studio is slated to open in a few weeks in 2,000 square feet of a 12,000 square foot multi-tenant building in Omni Park II at 1893 E. Aurora Road, just east of Chamberlin Road .

The Planning Commission recommended to City Council on November 1 that a conditional zoning permit be issued to John Kilbourne of Reminderville to have the facility called Rebourne Fitness Studio.

On November 8, Council approved the issuance of the permit. The site is in an I-2 Limited Industrial Zoning District, where the city’s zoning code allows conditional authorization of a personal fitness studio.

The area is zoned residential to the north, heavy industrial to the south and limited industrial to the east and west. The building was erected in 1986.

Kilbourne said daily use of the space will be for one-on-one personal training with a desk. Personal training will take place in four larger rooms. Four employees are expected in the near future, and there would be no more than eight people inside at a time.

He added that the parking lot is large enough to accommodate traffic without interfering with the roads. However, the planning board has stipulated that the owner must establish a parking space accessible to ADA vans signed and crossed out in an appropriate manner.

Kilbourne said the opening of the facility will depend on when the equipment is received, which could be affected by delays associated with COVID-19 and logistical uncertainties.


Planning panelist Steve Shebeck raised the issue of a collapsing house on Ravenna Road. He described it as a “public nuisance” and a “danger to public health”.

He said the house had been in disrepair for more than four years and that he believed “it was time for the city to lean on the owners and stop waiting for the courts to act” in the cases where the properties are in poor condition.

City planner Lynn Muter said the building department has received numerous complaints about the house. “I don’t know why this persists,” she said, adding that the next step might be to get advice from General Counsel David Maistros on what to do.

She said there had been people interested in buying the property. Shebeck suggested that the city could have the house condemned, force the owner to demolish it or contract to have it demolished and assess the cost on the owner’s double tax.

Muter reported that a public zoning appeal board hearing was scheduled for October 27 to hear an appeal of the building commissioner’s order condemning the Lake Vue Lodge apartment buildings at 11451 Ravenna Road, but the session was canceled.

Muter also reported that a new restaurant has been proposed for the old Damon building on Wilcox Drive behind Cracker Barrel, and Starbucks is considering redesigning its drive-thru lane to improve vehicle stacking.

If there are any items on the agenda, the next planning group meeting will be on December 13th.

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This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Gym / Fitness Studio Gets Green Light from Council, Planners

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