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Boarding House Request Coming Back to Zoning Board

Owner of house at 315 E. Summit St. wants to convert it from single-family to boarding house zoning

The owner of a house on East Summit Street will again ask the Kent Board of Zoning Appeals for permission to convert it from single-family zoning to boarding house status.

North Royalton resident Donald Vargo asked the zoning board in March for a variance to change the zoning of the house he owns at 315 E. Summit St. to boarding house status.

Vargo had asked the board to table their vote on his request last month because only three of the five members were present, and all three present indicated they might oppose his request.

Vargo said he wanted the conversion because all the houses adjacent to his property are operating as boarding houses.

"My entire retirement fund … is invested in real estate in Kent," Vargo said. "I’m always interested in doing the best thing."

Vargo said he owns nine other properties in Kent and they're all rentals.

The zoning board will hear Vargo's request again tonight at 7 p.m. at Kent City Council chambers at 325 S. DePeyster St.

Bethany Tipton Snyder April 15, 2013 at 12:39 PM
This is the slippery slope. We allowed the guy from Solon (Park St maybe?) a variance and now the flood gates are open. Council please keep our neighborhoods nice for families. This house was zoned single family for a reason. We have more than enough student housing. Enough already!
Sue April 15, 2013 at 01:16 PM
Don Vargo lives in North Royalton not in Kent. He already owns 9 rental properties in Kent. How often does he come to Kent to take care of the rental properties he already has? Doesn't the city have enough rentals owned by non residents?
The Omnipotent Sponge - Soak it up! April 15, 2013 at 01:18 PM
Don't be so negative Sue. Seems like you never have anything positive to say. Maybe you should move out of Kent. Maybe you would be happier.
Sue Movens Otterson April 15, 2013 at 01:52 PM
One thing Kent does not have enough of is single family rental housing for families who do not qualify for housing assistance and also cannot or do not want to buy a house. The student housing available is incredible.
Jim Williams April 15, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I could be wrong, but that entire stretch of Summit between Vine and Willow is student rentals. How is this a slippery slope?
Bethany Tipton Snyder April 16, 2013 at 12:14 AM
I live right on the edge of a huge swath of student housing. We could live in lots of other places but we LOVE living in a college town. It is vibrant and active and it simultaneously makes me feel old and young at the same time. :) However, I do not appreciate all of the litter and the lack of care of the rental homes. I don't even mind the loud late night parties (it is super annoying when it wakes my kids up though). It really bums me out how crappy everything looks. I hate walking down the street with my 3 kids and they have to step over beer cans and broken bottles. Actually, I usually take a bag with me on our walks and pick up litter. It's a real drag. There is enough student housing. Right now Summit Street looks okay. Let's not turn it into University (which is by my house).

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