Monday, June 23, 2014

City Approves Loren Naji's Occupancy Permit Application

Posted By on Mon, Jun 23, 2014 at 11:37 AM

The city will need an occupancy permit for that wooden sphere, Mr. Naji.
  • The city will need an occupancy permit for that wooden sphere, Mr. Naji.
The Cleveland Board of Zoning Appeals today granted approval for Loren Naji's occupancy permit application, which was one of the obstacles that prompted the Cleveland Fire Department to shut his art gallery down.

The vote was unanimous, but it comes only after weeks upon weeks of struggle. Naji had to prove this morning that he had adequate parking - 53 spots. A quick look around at other Ohio City businesses and their parking situations reveals the Board of Zoning Appeals' weird selective approach.

Anyway, Naji is one step closer back to normalcy, it would seem. Artists and their friends are continuing to sound the call for a reasonable and coherent set of policies or laws in this city that might facilitate neighborhood growth through unbound creativity. So far, the city of Cleveland has stumbled around drunkenly as its usurious relationship with local artists has been thrown into the spotlight.

City Councilman Joe Cimperman, however, says today's vote will "allow creative life force2continue." So there's that.

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