Loveland, Ohio - The parking lot of a proposed shooting range in Loveland is approximately 250 feet from the playground of the Loveland Primary and Elementary School. The building is next door to Angilo's Pizza, two building away from LaRosa's Pizza and across the street from McDonald's.
Public records obtained today by Loveland Magazine show the location is 807 Loveland Maderia Road in a storefront of the small strip center where Bath Inspirations, The Fence Company, and Galigher Motorsports Racing Collectibles are also located. The building has been vacant for several years after a tool rental business left. It is the site of Howard's Supply, once a Loveland institution that sold hardware and specialized in plumbing supplies.
The former Lee's Famous Recipe resturant immediately to the right of the proposed shooting range is currently being remolded by Tano Bistro & Catering. It will be used to expand their catering business.
The proposal is by Steven Ling, a Symmes Township resident who specializes according to his business Facebook page, Onling Guns, in:
"Out of State Transfers FFL and NFA, gunsmithing, manufacturing, silencers, suppressors and much more... We are trying to specialize in the manufacturing of the following items: Black Powder Cannons Silencers / Suppressors Barrel Threading Barrel fitting Gun Transfers and more... SOT License Class (III)."
In an e-mail to Assistant City Manager, Gary Vidmar on November 14, Ling said, "Hi Gary, Just waiting on the Sba loan to be finalized which is very close and also the land lord to come back with his offer." [Sic]
Ling was responding to an e-mail from Vidmar the same day that asked, "Steve, Are you making any progress on signing a lease for the space on Loveland Madeira Rd.? Is there anything more I can do to help move the project along?"
Vidmar responded on November 16, "Steve, Good luck with your pursuit of financing and your negotiations with the landlord."
On December 4, Ling said in an e-mail, "Hi Gary, Just a heads up I think if everything plays well should be in a good position by the end of the week to get this going."
Vidmar said today that he is waiting on Ling to submit paperwork that would officially begin a process to obtain City approval. He said that in the meantime he is looking through the city code to determine what local restrictions Ling would have to meet.
Vidmar commented in an e-mail to Ling on October 1, "By the way, I like the clever name you chose for your new business." Vidmar said today however, that he did not know what the name was.
Vidmar also said that people came to his office today to express "Their outrage."
An attempt to contact Ling early Monday evening by telephone was un-successful.
There is an existing gun store 200 feet to the northeast of the school campus - Shooter's Supply. Owner Dan Lovet said on Saturday that he did not know of plans for anyone to open a shooting range. In 2007, Mann gave up on plans to open his own shooting range with partner, Marvin Mann where Pet Nation is now located at 1425 Loveland Maderia Road after safety concerns were appealed to the 12 District Court of Appeals.
Correction: In this story (published yesterday) we misidentified the current owner of Shooter's Supply as Marvin Mann The current owner is Dan Lovett. The story above has been edited to reflect the correction.