Planners to mull longer timelines for construction

The Planning Commission will consider extending building permit timelines at its Tuesday meeting, because the recession has led many developers to request extensions.

The commission will decide whether to grant an 18-month extension to the city's land-use-approval timeline, giving developers extra time to secure funding for projects.

"Constrained financing for projects has resulted in applicants having to forego initial timelines for project completion, putting approved proposals in an indefinite holding pattern," Bill Molnar, the city's community development director, said in a memo to the commission.

In July, city administrators asked the City Council to consider approving the extension. Instead of acting on the matter, the council directed the Planning Commission to consider it first and send a recommendation to the council.

Modern Fan Co.

Also at the 7 p.m. meeting at the Civic Center, the commission will look at a request from Ron Rezek, owner of The Modern Fan Co., to build a 17,650-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing space at 615 Washington St. The company's offices are adjacent to the south Ashland lot.

Commissioners and city officials will visit the site, located at the intersection of Washington Street and Jefferson Avenue, at 4:15 p.m. today. Anyone may attend. For more information call 552-2040 or email

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