Zelienople officials take steps to boost revitalization
Restaurants, retailers goal
Eagle Staff Writer
Written by:
Caleb Harshberger
June 15, 2017

ZELIENOPLE — Council on Monday approved several measures to boost revitalization.

One action will give the borough 180 days to plan an amendment to current zoning ordinances, in the hopes of bringing more restaurants and retail to the Main Street corridor.

“This would create a commercial district in the Main Street area,” said Shelly Kaltenbaugh, Zelienople code enforcement and zoning officer. “We want more restaurants and retail.”

Currently, the corridor is host to numerous banks, offices and insurance agencies. These businesses are easier to rent to, said Kaltenbaugh, making it difficult for restaurants and retail stores to find space on Main Street.

“We want to balance the scales and make it easier for restaurants and retail,” she said.

The resolution does not make any amendments to existing ordinances, but sets a timetable and agenda for the review and recommendations.

“All of this will be public, and we will be working with local businesses,” said Kaltenbaugh. “This isn’t going to happen in a bubble or just inside my office.”

For business inside the corridor that may not fit in the amended ordinance. Kaltenbaugh said not to worry as “there will be some grandfathering.”

The zoning office has about six months to investigate and recommend changes to the borough. Until then it will be business as usual.

Among the other actions at Monday’s meeting, the council approved a motion to apply for grants from the Department of Community and Economic Development.

These grants give a municipality $50,000 with which to help local businesses expand and improve.

The council will have to submit plans as to how the money would be spent including what business have to do to qualify and how much or whether the businesses would be expected to match a certain amount of the funds given.

Finally, the council approved the Horse Trading Days event’s request for certain parking spots to be reserved during the karaoke contest and for funding of $3,400.