Council looks at Fifth Third Bank proposal
Fairlawn City Council
By Ed Wojnaroski
During a public hearing at the Nov. 6 Fairlawn City Council meeting, council quizzed Jerry Weber, the architect for a proposed Fifth Third Bank at 3644 W. Market St.
Weber is asking the city to rezone that property from R-1 (Single Family Residential) to B-3 (Conditional Business District) to allow for the construction of a full-service bank, said Weber, “that will provide all banking services.”
The property contains an auto-body shop and a home. Both will both be demolished if council OKs the rezoning.
Council mainly wondered how the bank would handle connection to the sanitary sewer system. The property now has a septic system that Mayor William Roth said the city wants to eliminate. Weber detailed three possible ways that connection could be handled and further committed, in response to Roth’s questions, to allow the back section of the property any access it might need to connect as well. Weber said that no variances would be needed because the building would meet all codes for B-3.
Council did not vote on the rezoning and tabled the issue until the split of the property is approved and for a legal description to be submitted.
In other business, Roth said the city’s request for state Issue 2 funds for a storm sewer project on Smith Road was denied. According to Roth, the city had received less than the 91 needed points on the application process to receive the money.
City Engineer Nick Spagnuolo said one reason for the shortfall deals with the economic conditions of the requesting area.
“Akron receives 15 points for this category, while Fairlawn receives only 3,” Spagnuolo said.
The next Council meeting is set for Nov. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fairlawn Municipal Complex, 3487 S. Smith Road.