Loveland, Ohio – After a small struggle with City Hall, Loveland Magazine is finally able to publish this story. On May 21 in a memo to Council, City Manager Dave Kennedy said, “The Building and Zoning Division has received an application for a conditional use permit for a tap room/restaurant to fill the space at 118 Karl Brown Way. This will be a great additional to the Downtown District attracting patrons to the south side of the district.”
There was also this legal notice published on May 22 in Public Notices Ohio that said:
Legal Notice The City of Loveland Planning & Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on June 1, 2021, at and around 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at Loveland City Hall, 120 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland, Ohio 45140. An application has been submitted on behalf of Matthew Evans for the Loveland Firefighters Association and Hops n Berries. The applicant is requesting Conditional Use Approval for a tap room/restaurant located at 118 Karl Brown Way. Interested persons may appear and be heard with respect to the proposal. Comments may also be submitted in writing to Eva Wisby, Zoning and Economic Development Specialist, 120 W. Loveland Avenue, Loveland, OH 45140 or emailed to email@example.com. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations that are participating in or wish to attend this hearing should call 513-683-0150 at least seven (7) days in advance so arrangements can be made. CIN,May22,’21#4746794
After seeing the public notice, Loveland Magazine made a public records request to Building Department Clerk Becky Noel on May 25 requesting information about the tap room. Noel responded by saying, “I haven’t received anything building permit wise. I believe they are scheduled to go to P&Z on June 1 for conditional use approval. Eva may be able to answer more since it’s still in the zoning stage.”
Loveland Magazine followed Noel’s answer by contacting Eva Wisby with a similiar request. Wisby responded, “As becky said, they are going in front of P & Z for a conditional use approval. I am not familiar with anything other than that. The agenda be posted either thurs or Friday.” Wisby is the City’s Zoning & Economic Development Specialist and Clerk of the Planning & Zoning Commission.
It now appears Wisby had knowledge of the application on May 21. An acknowledgment of receipt of the application was initialed, “ew”.
Because the City Manager said that the City had received an “application” for a conditional use permit for the Tap Room on May 21, and that there is an initialed receipt of it, there remains the question of why Loveland Magazine received the non-cooperative, if not dishonest answers to our public records request. Non-the less below is what we finally know:
The application was submitted by Matthew Evans with Arcanum Architecture. The proposed conditional use is located at 118 Karl Brown Way in the Downtown Historic District and will be occupying the space as a tap room/restaurant. The application was submitted on behalf of the Loveland Community Firefighters Association, Inc. The building is commonly known as the Brown Building.
Public hearing is Tuesday, June 1 at and around 7 PM in the Council Chambers located at Loveland City Hall, 120 West Loveland Ave.