Another area seeks neighborhood conservation status

STEUBENVILLE — Property owners on the east end of the LaBelle neighborhood hope to become the 26th neighborhood in the city to attain neighborhood conservation district status.

Several residents from that area of the city submitted their petition for the district designation during the Monday night Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.

According to Jim Hostetler, “I am just part of the team that spent their past summer gathering signatures on our petitions. There was a small, but vocal, opposition but, in the end most, of the residents in our neighborhood saw the benefits of a conservation district.”

Diane Hostetler said she and her husband met a lot of neighbors during the petition campaign, “and saw a large renewal of hope among the neighbors.”

“Even those who declined to sign the petition encouraged us to continue our efforts. We would like to see this movement continue throughout LaBelle,” she noted.

“I take my hat off to you. I am amazed so many people from different streets took part in this,” said Planning and Zoning Commission Chairman Bill Hendricks.

The neighborhood conservation district status includes residents who live on the 100 block to 915 of Belleview Blvd., Hawthorne Court 1115 to 1120 Maryland Ave., 1105 to 1150 Oregon Ave., 1107 to 1120 Pennsylvania Ave., 1109 to 1120 Ridge Ave., 300 to 351 Reserve Ave., 101 t0 327 South Bend Blvd. and 11o7 to 1149 Wellesley Ave.

The commission will hold a public hearing on the request on March 5 and forward a recommendation to City Council.

The commission members also held a public hearing on the Community Housing Impact and Preservation Program that saw Ohio Regional Development Corporation President Dale Hartle outline the criteria for homeowners to apply for the home improvement program.

“This program is designed to help low- and moderate-income residents and it is an income driven program. The application will depend on what the rehabilitation specialist says needs to be done in a home. This is a structured program and we anticipate helping at least seven homeowners in the city,” said Hartle.

In other business during the meeting the commission members re-elected Hendricks to another term as chairman, Teresa DiCarlantonio as vice-chair and David Snelting as the commission representative to the Regional Planning Commission.

(Gossett can be contacted at dgossett@heraldstaronline.com.)