Developer seeks to increase restaurant, build vacation spot at previous Noah’s Celebration Venue in Mentor | Lake County

The defunct Noah’s Celebration Location in Mentor is attracting desire.

The setting up at 8200 Norton Parkway was vacated in February following the occasion middle chain was compelled to shut its locations by a Utah individual bankruptcy choose.

Now a developer seeks to amend the Newell Creek Planned Unit Advancement district program to allow for for rebranding the residence as a much more “vibrant, café-type ambiance, open up to the public,” according to a letter to the city Planning Fee.

“This hybrid use will even now cater to private functions, personal meetings, conferences and special activities,” stated Steve Passov, representing 8200 Norton LLC.

He presented the program to the commission on Jan. 21.

“We would like to (complement) the making and its performance by adding kitchen area-related machines (to) the existing food stuff prep and cleanup region,” Passov said.

In addition, the firm is requesting the transfer and/or a reissue of the conditional-use permit granted in 2014 for out of doors dining and consuming on the web page.

The business is under deal to obtain the 10,300-square-foot creating and 2,727-sq. foot-patio on 3.5 acres.

“We are chatting to a few of end users at this position,” Passov stated. “We really don’t have one particular that is signed up, but they are all of the actual very same (brain) retaining the making, creating guaranteed that we are ready to supply these private get-togethers, conferences, while enabling some sure tastings and the like.”

He envisions a consumer comparable to Michaelangelo’s Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in Cleveland or Sapphire Creek Vineyard & Gardens in Chagrin Falls.

“Those are more wine-linked, but it would just be a initial-class operator,” he reported. 

In 2014, when the improvement approach was amended for Noah’s Occasion Location, it was conditioned that the facility not be open to the general community besides for private functions, conferences and distinctive social gatherings.

At the time, the Setting up Commission’s approval also mentioned that a cafe, tavern, live performance location, sporting location and retail revenue were prohibited as ancillary employs.

Due to the fact then, two new business properties, a rehabilitation facility and an assisted-dwelling facility have been approved for the corridor and are possibly open up or beneath development.

Also, in April, City Council accepted a development agreement with Tiny Brothers LLC for one more workplace developing, cafe and lodge on the west and south sides of Sterling Court docket, and Cleveland Clinic is predicted to develop a clinic on the east stop of Norton Parkway.

“With these new and proposed developments in the corridor, the Administration thinks that the proposed use is well-suited to support the two the non-residential and residential employs in the spot, and is consistent with the functions and intent of the beforehand authorized growth system,” stated a staff members report to the commission.

The administration recommends that the amendment include things like a situation that no speedy-meals dining places occupy the space, nor any travel-by or exterior decide on-up home windows.

The administration also reversed its willpower about reside new music on the patio, prohibited in 2014.

The commission will propose to Town Council regardless of whether it finds the proposed alterations to be in substantial settlement with the uses and intent of the formerly accredited rezoning and improvement prepare.

Council will then evaluation it within just a “reasonable interval of time.”

Nonetheless, fee associates tabled the proposal Jan. 21 following struggling to establish how to classify the new use and proficiently handle what type of cafe goes into the room.

“I really do not have a problem with the redevelopment of this home the way it is becoming described. … it’s a excellent use of an present setting up, it is the suitable strategy, I fully grasp the market,” commission member Geoffrey Varga reported. “What I’m involved about is getting authorised this, that an adjacent outlot turns into a Denny’s. Not that I have everything in opposition to Denny’s, but I may have a difficulty with it in that spot and on that avenue. …

“If we do this, do we open up the door to a identical stand-on your own cafe that would be quite industrial and not always the factor we’ve been speaking about?”

Passov distinguished the proposed use as a spot.

“This is a more specialized user that finally is likely to go there,” he reported. “The even bigger business is however heading to be on the catering and banquet facet.”

Commission Vice Chairman Brian Prepare dinner proposed that the circumstances on the advice emphasize a combined-use concept.

Fee member Richard Cicero sought much more facts right before voting.

“I do not think we should really just take it lightly,” he stated. “I really imagine we ought to function on the facts, see it and then approve it. I feel in principle, we all agree with the way we want to go there. We just haven’t determined specifically how we want to do it.”

Passov mentioned that the contract for the residence is set to expire.

“I’m heading to have to roll the dice, so to discuss,” he mentioned.