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Falls Council OKs parking for Acme

10/25/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

The construction of a larger Acme in Cuyahoga Falls brought about the need for a larger parking lot for the projected larger list of employees.

At the Oct. 22 Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting, a public hearing was held concerning an ordinance to rezone 2307 W. 23rd St. from R-4 (Urban Density Residential) to MU-4 (Sub-Urban Corridor).

Planning Director Fred Guerra said Albrecht Inc. owns the property and requested the zoning change for the construction of an employee parking lot to accommodate the reconstruction of Acme at 2900 State Road.

Guerra said Albrecht anticipates adding employees and needing more parking space.

He said the parking lot would consist of 19 spaces and replace existing on-street parking on Shaw Avenue for current Acme employees.

“The parking lot would not be a nuisance to the neighbors,” he said.

Guerra explained the Planning Commission unanimously approved the request but gave a few stipulations. He said the parking lot must have “heavy landscape” to serve as a screen around most of the parking lot. A 6-foot vinyl fence with brick piers also must be constructed as a screen next to an adjacent resident on the north side of the lot.

He added the parking lot also must meet multi-family lighting standards and include reduced wattage lights and lower poles.

Guerra said Albrecht Inc. plans to improve its existing parking lot on the east side of State Road for its employees, as well.

No one spoke during the public hearing against the parking lot proposed for the residential area.

Councilman Ken Barnhart (R-Ward 3) said he did not receive any calls from residents opposed to the lot either.

When completed, the new 52,500-square-foot Acme Fresh Market, an $8 million project, reportedly will be nearly double the size of the current Acme No. 10, which opened in 1949.

During the regular meeting, Council approved the zoning change for the parking lot.

Council also approved a resolution expressing support for and urging passage of Issue No. 71, a Woodridge Local School District tax levy that will be on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot.

Issue No. 71 is a five-year, 6.83-mill levy to provide funds for the emergency requirements of the school district.

Superintendent Walter Davis was present at the meeting and thanked Council for its support.

He announced Woodridge was just designated “Excellent with Distinction” by the state, even though the district is in “financial strife.”

Davis said the district would be forced to continue to reduce budgets and cut staffing and programming if the levy is not approved by voters.

“We wouldn’t be able to sustain this high rating in the future,” he said.

According to Davis, the levy is about “preserving the excellence we have become known for.”

“Successful school districts lead to successful communities and increased property values,” he said. “I hope the community will step forward and support us Nov. 6.”

Councilman Terry Mader (R-Ward 8) said Woodridge has been successful in educating youth.

“I challenge the public to consider that when they vote,” he said.

Additionally during the meeting, Council approved:

• a conditional zoning certificate for the operation of a vehicle repair facility and outdoor sales lot at 1559 State Road in a Mixed-Use District 4;

• a contract with Wichert Insurance Services for the professional services necessary to manage the city’s risk management and insurance program for the purchase of public entity insurance coverage;

• a contract without competitive bidding with Karvo Paving Co. for emergency pavement repairs to a portion of Graham Road where two water mains failed at a point abutting 180 Graham Road;

• an amendment to the traffic control file to prohibit parking on the east side of Maplewood Avenue from Birchwood Avenue to the southerly terminus of Maplewood Avenue; to prohibit parking on the east side of Issaquah Street from the southerly intersection of Issaquah Street and Richmond Road; to prohibit parking on the south side of Richmond Road from the southerly intersection of Issaquah Street and Richmond Road; to prohibit parking on the eastern side of Richmond Road in the curve north of Hock Drive from address numbers 2305 through 2339; and to prohibit parking on the north side of Marguerite Avenue from the driveway at 133 Marguerite Avenue to Bailey Road;

• a contract for the construction of a 4,397-square-foot warehouse addition to a city-owned building at 2550 Bailey Road; and

• a contract with the Ohio Department of Transportation for the improvements of State Road between Graham and Quick roads and the city’s share of 100 percent of the project cost, which is about $1.6 million. The improvements would include widening and reconstructing 2.32 miles of State Road between Graham and Quick roads; the reconstruction and upgrade to the signalization at Bath Road; and improvements to the Ascot Parkway and the Steels Corner Road intersection, including new curbs, sidewalks, on-street bike lanes, resurfacing, drainage, signage and pavement markers.

Council will not hold committee meetings Nov. 5, as previously scheduled, as there is no new legislation to review. A regular meeting is set for Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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