Archbold, OH

Zoning Board Okays Office Building Variance

The Archbold Board of Zoning Appeals granted variances to Lugbill Brothers, Inc., Archbold, for a proposed office building in the Archbold Industrial Park.

The firm is proposing to construct the building for the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center, which would lease space to the Northwest Ohio Computer Association. Plans call for the building to be built on the south side of Nolan Parkway, on a nine-acre site.

The service center board is expected to make a firm decision on the building project at the end of this month.

Approved in the variance was a rear yard variance of five feet to allow for “ancillary structures”; in this case, airconditioning units, which will be 35 feet from the rear of the property, rather than 40.

Tim Miller, building designer, said the air conditioning units, known as chillers, will be screened or muffled to limit noise.

The board also allowed the reduction in the size of the parking lot, from the 610 spaces called for in the zoning code, to 448.

Miller told board members it is anticipated about 180 employees will work in the building, but more attend meetings and conferences there.

The board decided to allow the parking lot to be built without curbs on the west side, in case the lot needs to be expanded in the future. The parking lot will be sloped to contain storm runoff.

Lugbill Brothers also agreed to provide screening between the Fox Chase Manufactured Housing Community and the office building.

Board members Tim Smith, Phil Grieser, and Brad Roth voted in favor of the variance. Board members Tim Ziegler and Rich Winzeler were absent.

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