Pav's Creamery got the OK on a plan to share parking spaces with a neighbor.
NORTH CANTON Wednesday's Planning Commission meeting ended with applause.
The commission approved, with some conditions, a parking lot plan for Pav's Creamery at 708 S. Main Street. The ice cream shop, which also has locations in Green and Portage Lakes, has been underway since February.
Pav's proposed site — a plaza also holding Deli Ohio and North Canton Alterations — does not have enough parking spaces to meet the city's requirements for a business of its size. Pav's was denied a variance for the number of spots by the city's zoning board.
Wendesday's meeting was Pav's last chance to open in North Canton, said Nik Pappas, part-owner of the shop. Pappas is also the owner of Pav's in Green.
"If this got shot down, we were done for North Canton. We had exhausted all of our options," he said following the meeting.
A post on Pav's Facebook page Wednesday asked customers to attend the meeting and voice their support for the shop. About 40 people answered the call, with several speaking in favor of the business.
The support was unexpected and overwhelming, Pappas said. "It was amazing."
Now that the parking issue has been resolved, Pav's should open by "early summer," Pappas said, adding that work has been ongoing for months.
"We'll start tomorrow. Full steam ahead," he said.
At Wednesday's meeting, Pav's asked the Planning Commission to allow it to share parking with a neighboring business, Automotive Techniques at 624 S. Main St., and defer overflow parking spots to a gravel area behind the building. Both options are allowed under city ordinances.
Pav's busiest times are the summer months, between 7-9 p.m. Based on the company's business at its other locations, Pav's would see 50 to 60 transactions per hour. Customers tend to stay about 20 minutes, so at most 13 parking spots would be needed every 20 minutes, Pappas said.
The city requires Pav's to have 46 parking spaces based on its size. The shared parking agreement and the deferred spots allow them to meet that requirement, said Director of Permits and Development Gary Fry.
The Planning Commission approved the parking plan with four requirements:
• The commission will re-evaluate Pav's transaction numbers at the parking situation after the summer season during its November meeting.
• If Pav's has to build out its deferred parking area, it will do so by following city standards.
• Pav's has to either seek a variance for a right-of-way on Pearl Place or redesign its parking spaces so the variance isn't needed.
• The lease has to be recorded as the owner of the building is planning to sell the space.
In other business:
• The Commission approved plans for a Starbucks with drive-thru at 1340 N. Main Street. The commission originally denied plans because developers wanted to allow a left-turn onto Applegrove Street NE. The approved plans only allow for right turns onto Applegrove.
• The Commission approved a parking lot and facade upgrades for the Acme Fresh Market Plaza on North Main Street but required developers to redraw its plans to adhere to the city's 20-foot height limit on parking lot lights or seek a variance.