Funeral home approved for crematory despite neighborhood opposition

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — A Dayton funeral home can move forward with plans to build an in-house crematory service.

The approval Tuesday afternoon from the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals comes despite opposition from neighbors living near Bowman and Young Funeral Home off Germantown Street.

“It’s right across the street from kids,” said Robert Jackson who lives near the funeral home. “Most of the things they bring over here brings the property value down. The trash dump is around the corner. Now they’re going to be put that here.”

Neighbors voiced opposition at a previous zoning board meeting claiming a crematory at the funeral home would bring down property values and increase traffic to the area.

A continuance was granted during the board’s July 28 meeting to allow for the funeral home, owned by Eric Lusain, to look into parking issues a crematory would create.

On Tuesday, board members unanimously voted to approve cremation services for Bowman and Young Funeral Home under three conditions: the funeral home must add trees along Stewart Street and Zion Avenue, the cremation oven must only be used by clients, and 33 parking spaces must be added.

“The only other thing people were worried about was the property value,” said Eric Lusain, Owner of Bowman and Young Funeral Home, during Tuesday’s meeting. “I don’t think we have anything to worry about as far as my impact on property value. If anything, I would think that we would increase the property value.”

Lusain added the cremation oven is approved by the Ohio EPA, creates minimal noise for the neighborhood, and there are no visible emissions or odors.

Despite the board’s approval, Jackson said he would rather not have a crematory right across the street.

“Put it somewhere else close but not on Germantown,” said Jackson. “There’s like all types of buildings they could have gave them.”

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