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North Ridgeville residents fight to keep barn from being turned into a party space

Posted at 6:18 AM, Apr 06, 2018

A big shakeup could be coming for a quiet North Ridgeville neighborhood after a potential party barn could cause disruptions for neighbors.

"When we bought it we fell in love with the backyard here, we have a 4-year-old and our dream was to have a nice, quiet serene backyard," said resident Sara Novicky.

But soon enough, the property that's less than 150 feet from her backyard could be turned into an event space. North Ridgeville's mayor says that could mean wedding receptions, birthday parties and corporate events.

"I can literally throw a baseball, a football and hit that barn," said Sara's husband Jason Novicky.

The couple is worried about the noise, security and their property values if the barn owner, Joe Lucas gets the ok to rezone from an R-1 to B-1, or a commercial property.

We went to Lucas's home, but the person who answered the door said he was out of town. We left our information, but he hasn't contacted us back.

"It’s terrible, it’s completely terrible," said Krzystzof Swirydowicz.

He's also a resident of the 3800 block of Avalon Drive in North Ridgeville. Swirydowicz's home is a few doors down from the Novicky's, except he has no fence that separates his family from the potential party-goers.

"Noise, that’s the most important thing the noise, traffic, more cars, cars punching lights in my windows," he said.

The next city council meeting is on Tuesday, and residents say they plan to show up and fight to keep their neighborhood residential.