A duplex on East College Avenue will soon become a rooming house after an architect and lawyer successfully argued it would not have a noticeable impact on the neighborhood.
Roger Muzia, the architect representing the duplex at 317 E. College Ave., told the Kent Planning Commission he has seen the area change. At one time, he noted, the neighborhood was known for its loud parties and burnt out couches.
However, since then the construction of the Kent Police Station has calmed the neighborhood and the Kent State Esplanade has connected the neighborhood to downtown.
“College Street has been transformed dramatically,” he said.
The house previously had a zoning use certificate to operate as a duplex, and only two unrelated people could live in each unit. The commission approved a conditional zoning certificate and site plan approval, which would allow three unrelated people to live in each unit.
Muzia said the house is next to a fraternity house.
Planning Commission member Jeff Clapper said the rooming house would not change the character of the area.
“He ticks all the boxes,” he said.
Michael Bruder, Member of the Commission, accepted.
“There will only be two people living on the streets,” he said.
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