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Single-Family House gets Boarding House Status from Planning Commission

Solon resident plans to turn house into residence for daughter, her friends while attending Kent State University

The Kent Planning Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to give a Solon man permission to turn a single-family house into a boarding house.

The approval is contingent upon granting of several variances for the house from the Kent Board of Zoning Appeals, which has yet to vote on the issue.

Members of the planning commission and city administration commended Solon resident Steve Kubofcik for asking for the conversion instead of using the house at 335 Park Ave. as an illegal boarding house.

"There are many three-room boarding houses operating illegally in the city," commission member John Gargan said. “I think it’s one of the nicest houses in the area, so I don’t think (Kubofcik is) detracting from the neighborhood at all."

Kent ordinances prohibit houses with more than two unrelated people unless they obtain a boarding house status.

The planning commission also approved the conversion with the limitations that the boarding house status expires for the property when Kubofcik sells it and that the house be restricted to three tenants.

Kubofcik told the planning commission he bought the house in April in order to provide a residence for his daughter, while she attends Kent State University, and her two friends.

"It was in considerable disrepair, although much of the renovations were done by a previous owner," he said. "I took it to the next level and completed everything."

Kubofcik paid $50,000 for the property, according to the Portage County Auditor's Office online records.

Commission chairman Anthony Catalano suggested limiting the boarding house status to only while Kubofcik owns it.

"We don’t want boarding houses popping up throughout the city," Catalano said. "We want to control that. I think we’re saturated now with student housing."

Sa;;y January 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Went by this home today while out for my walk. The front yard and bannister on the front porch was littered with beer bottles and cans. I quit counting them at twenty-five. I hope one of the neighbors got some good pictures. I called the Council Pres to let him know someone needed to go check this out. He said he would advise Garrett Ferrarra (not sure of spelling) who is the councilman for this ward. What did our city rep say "One of the nicest homes in the neighborhood." Looked like a city dump this morning.
Chris (Kit) Myers January 13, 2013 at 11:37 PM
Stay on it Sa;;y. Don't let up! Show up at the planning commission meeting on the 22nd and ask questions! Show up at the council meeting on the 16th!
Morningglory January 14, 2013 at 02:57 PM
I'm confused! If you search property records at www.co.portage.oh.us, it reports K.T. North Coast Properties II LLC bought this property on 6/20/12 for $50,000. Sounds like a business, not a father looking for a place for his daughter to live.
Matt Fredmonsky January 14, 2013 at 03:58 PM
Mr. Kubofcik clarified that is his limited liability corporation. So he owns the house, just through that entity.
Randy McFarland January 23, 2013 at 09:09 PM
Sure burn the one guy going about it right at the stake so nobody else will be encouraged to do it right. It's the politicians that are supposed to be enforcing these laws you should be pointing at. Should have never gotten to this point. Lazy City of Kent.

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