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    Posted: Apr 23 2019 at 3:03pm

My name is Mike Berns with Berns Gardening and Landscaping.  In 1956 Al and 
Sherry Berns, our mom and dad, started our business on Yankee Road in Lemon Township. In 1982, we 
chose to move our business into the City of Monroe when we purchased the ground on Greentree Road 
and opened up our landscape business.  In 1996, we built and opened up the present  garden  center  
on  Greentree  Road  that  services  the  City  of  Monroe  and  surrounding communities.   We now 
employee 80 to 100 people during our peak season and Berns Garden Center is recognized as one of 
the top 100 garden centers in the United States right here in the City of Monroe.  In 1992 and 98 
we bought the land along I-75 to grow trees and shrubs that we sold in our garden center and our 
landscaping company.  In 2003, we came to the City of Monroe and chose to annex 120 acres on the 
east side of 75 into the City of Monroe.  The zoning at that time was heavy industrial and they 
asked at that time and requested to change it at that time to light industrial to match the land 
west of I-75.   In 2010, as you were told, we worked again with the City of Monroe in their master 
comprehensive plan and the zoning was changed to business park. So during these times the recession 
came and the growing of trees and shrubs ended and the land returned  to  farming  growing  corn  
and  soy beans.   The  Rocky Mountain  Express  compression station and a Duke Energy substation 
were built on the I-75 west property.  It was on there on the map.  Now that the recession has 
moved on the family has decided to sell these properties so we can reinvested into the 23 year old 
garden center and expand our landscape division.   We have consulted with a number of real estate 
market professionals in the Cincinnati-Dayton areas and they made it very clear, painfully clear, 
that the present zoning of business park is a non starter.  It just  won’t  work.   I doubt  if  
they would  put  it  on  the  market  and  it  will stay that  way for  the foreseeable future.   
We are asking that this request be considered on it’s individual merit.  This property, this time 
not combined with everything else that is going on.  This property is located on the far northeast 
edge of Monroe it is far away from Monroe’s commercial corridors.  Its original zoning was 
industrial and the land west of this property is zoned industrial.  We are all connected there.  We 
are a long time family business and a corporate citizen of Monroe.  And it is now critical
for our family business going forward to be able to market this property.   That is what we are 
asking for the ability to change the zoning so we can put it on the market to further our business 
needs.  We are asking the City of Monroe to restore the original zoning of light industrial to 
these properties at this time.  I want to thank   ou for your time and consideration and if you 
have any questions I will probably talk too much.

Source: Monroe Council Minutes
Regular Meeting of Council
March 12, 2019 – 6:30 p.m.
233 South Main Street, Monroe, Ohio

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