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Wal-Mart submits new site plans for Copley development

3/14/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Pam Lifke

New site plans for a proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and Sam’s Club on Rothrock Road have been submitted to the Copley Zoning Department.

Planning Director Matt Springer told the Copley Board of Trustees at the March 6 meeting that new site plans for the proposed development were submitted to his office earlier in the day. Springer said he had not yet reviewed the plans.

Wal-Mart officials plan to relocate from Fairlawn’s Rosemont Commons to the Copley site.

Development of a 40-acre commercially zoned parcel on Rothrock Road has spurred controversy and spawned numerous lawsuits, including a yet unresolved dispute over closing Rothrock Road to through traffic. Summit County Common Pleas Court Judge Alison McCarty has yet to rule on Copley’s effort to prevent Fairlawn from erecting permanent barriers on the road. McCarty heard arguments in a June trial.

LRC Copley Investors LLC, which submitted original site plans for the development, in September sold six parcels totaling approximately 24 acres on Rothrock Road to Wal-Mart Real Estate Business Trust, according to Summit County property records. Wal-Mart purchased another 7 acres in May from Marhofer Development Co. LLC, records show.

Submission of a new site plan means starting over on approvals for the development, Springer said. He said he plans to begin reviewing the plans soon.

In other news, work on the Southwest Summit Communications (SWSCOM) Emergency Dispatch Center, which Copley Systems Administrator David Sattler estimated would be fully operational in July, continues. Trustees approved expenditures of nearly $100,000 for flooring, employment testing, dispatch console furniture and miscellaneous computer equipment. The expenses are to be divided among Copley and the cities of Norton and Barberton, the three communities participating in SWSCOM, trustees said. The dispatch center is funded with a $300,000 low-cost loan obtained by the participating communities.

Trustees also discussed streetlights on Montrose West Avenue. Streetlight poles have deteriorated over time and two have fallen, trustees said. Trustees earlier authorized removal of the streetlights for safety reasons and have been attempting to work with Montrose West Avenue businesses to determine if they would like to replace the streetlights at their own expense. Trustees said they recently had the power company turn off the streetlights for two days to see what the street would look like in their absence. Trustees said the township Service Department has identified intersections that must be lit for safety reasons.

In other business, trustees:

  • approved $10,500 for printing and mailing the Copley Connection for the rest of 2013;
  • approved training for police personnel;
  • approved submission of the township’s 2012 report on storm water management to the Environmental Protection Agency;
  • approved securing a nuisance structure at 1891 Copley Road. The unsecured building has become home to squatters, trustees said; and
  • approved more than $13,000 in overtime rate adjustment payments to 2012 township employees.

The board’s next regular meeting will take place March 20 at 6 p.m. at the Copley Township offices, 1540 S. Cleveland-Massillon Road.

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