By Ryan Squanda
The Lansing Star
The decision on whether to allow LeRoy Cardwell, owner of LeRoy’s Classic Bar and Grill, to expand his restaurant’s parking lot onto the property at 1521 Herbert Street, has been tabled for the next Lansing Committee on Development and Planning meeting on Nov. 5.
Cardwell, who after recent renovations to his restaurant has found himself tight on parking, is looking to alleviate these issues with the recently purchased property behind his bar. However, Kevin Henry, who lives adjacent to the 1521 property at 1517 Herbert Street, feels this would infringe upon his property and lesser the value of his home.
After pleading their respective cases to the Lansing City Council on Monday Oct. 13, both Cardwell and Henry met two days later to present their arguments once again to the Lansing Committee of Development and Planning.
Upon hearing their cases, a vote was made with City Councilmembers Derrick Quinney voting yes, Tina Houghton voting no and Jody Washington not casting a vote because she felt both sides had valid points.
For now, a ruling on the issue will go back to a recommendation made on Aug. 6 by Bob Johnson, Director of the Lansing Planning Board, where it had been decided to not allow Cardwell to construct a parking lot on the property at 1521 Herbert Street.
According to a report by Johnson, the parking lot proposed by Cardwell does not comply with the dimensional requirement of the Zoning Ordinance. Since the property is zoned “C” (Residential), no parking is permitted within the 20 foot front yard setback along both streets.
Johnson also goes on to say in the report that once all accommodations are made to appease the dimensional requirements of building a parking lot at the site, the property at 1521 is only big enough to hold an additional 8-10 parking spaces – far less than Cardwell’s initial plan.