University Heights City Council approved a recommendation by the city’s planning commission for a proposed mikvah facility during a council meeting Feb. 6.

The planning commission had recommended the approval of two special-use permits that would allow the mikvah to go forward with a 5-0 vote Jan. 19. One permit would allow its use in a U-1 residential property zone while the second would permit fencing in front of the rear foundation line of the building.

Council members approved the two special permits as well as two parking variances and four other variances related to lot coverage, frontage and setbacks.

Plans for the mikvah, which is to be built at 2588 S. Green Road, must also be approved by the city’s architectural review board, which was scheduled to meet Feb. 9.

Danny Gottesman, president of the Cleveland Community Mikvah board of directors and a Beachwood resident, estimated the project would cost between $2 million and $2.5 million. The 5,565-square-foot facility would be used only by women after sundown.

The proposed site is 84 feet wide and the building would be 22 feet high. It would include two immersion pools, 12 preparation rooms and a nail specialist.

A vacant house would be demolished to create space for the proposed mikvah.

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