Richfield PZC Gives Hindu Temple Final Blessing

May 29, 2008

Author: Mike D’Agruma

Source: Akron Ohio News

Sree Venkateswara Temple of Cleveland worshippers now have an officially approved facility in Richfield Village to practice their traditions — at least on blueprint paper.

The Richfield Village Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) voted 3-2 to approve the final plan for the religious facility during its May 27 meeting. Board members Dr. Charles Boester, Pete Schueler and Brenda Schult voted for approval, with Mark Kearney and Village Council member and PZC representative John Ciolkevich dissenting.

But despite the narrow margin of victory, there could be another long battle for the temple group before a single shovel is thrust in the ground. A group of residents that neighbor three sides of the temple site who have organized under the group “Concerned Richfield Homeowners” plan to appeal the PZC’s decision in the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. The residents who live near the site have said they are concerned about an increase in traffic and noise and the influx of strangers into the residential neighborhood.