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Green Council paves way for senior housing

8/15/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

GREEN — A local developer is determined to offer additional, alternative housing options to the senior citizens of Green.

At the Aug. 13 meeting, Council took action allowing John Warmus to continue working on a housing development concept unique to the city.

Council unanimously approved an ordinance changing the zoning classification of property containing approximately 80.6 acres of land located at 1102 and 1184 Boettler Road — formerly known as the Kiefl Farm — from R-1 (Single-Family Residential) to PD (Planned Development) and accepting the general development plan of a proposed senior community, known as Transitions Senior Living Planned Development.

Council President Dave France (Ward 2) noted the ordinance changes the zoning, only. He said the final plans for Transitions would need to go through the Planning Commission and back to Council for approval.

Warmus, the developer of Transitions, has said the 391-unit complex would be located on the south side of Boettler Road and include single-family cluster housing, independent living apartments, multi-story apartments, an assisted-living building and a memory care building. There also would be a small office component area for medical offices and small businesses that would be supported by the development, he has said. The development would include dedicated roads, sidewalks, trails, a wooded area, open space, a wetland and buffer zones for nearby neighborhoods, the preliminary plans show.

Warmus, of Green, also operates GreenView Senior Assisted Living in Green.

Councilman Gerard Neugebauer (at large) said the city is in need of more senior living options, and Transitions reflects a “neat option” for citizens when it comes time to leave a single-family dwelling.

He said residents have been concerned about a possible increase in traffic coming to and from the complex onto Boettler Road. A traffic study most likely would be required before the final plans are approved, Neugebauer added.

Since the project lies in his ward, Councilman Ken Knodel (Ward 3) said he spent a great deal of time weighing the pros and cons of the facility.

“No project is perfect,” he said. “I found more benefits than negatives.”

Knodel said he met with residents dwelling in close proximity to the proposed project site and gathered a great deal of feedback.

He believes the neighbors, city and developer have the opportunity to team together to alleviate some of the flooding issues traditionally experienced in the area.

Additionally during the regular meeting, Council approved a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a second addendum to the real estate purchase agreement with 5430 Southpark LLC, assignee of Theodore Swaldo, for the property known as Belden Lodge in Southgate Park. The addendum finalizes the exchange of property between the city and Swaldo, who will transform Belden Lodge into a restaurant facility.

Law Director Stephen Pruneski explained the addendum addresses the termination of a city easement after the property is ready for business; an exchange of property to provide better access to the site; and the provision of an easement for the creation of an elaborate entrance to the property.

Also during the meeting, Council declared a portion of improvements to certain parcels of real property owned by M9 Realty to be a public purpose, exempting a percentage of the value of the improvements from real property taxation for 30 years. Councilman Chris Humphrey (at large) explained the legislation approves a tax increment finance agreement related to the construction of a 13,000-square-foot Infinity dealership facility on Arlington Road. He said it is about a $3 million project, with the property taxes to be used to fund public improvements.

In addition, Council approved a contract with Northstar Asphalt for about $750,000 for the South Arlington Road/Arlington Ridge resurfacing project, which includes the construction of curbs and sidewalks and road resurfacing in close proximity to the interstate access points off South Arlington Road.

During the Planning, Community and Economic Development Committee meeting, held just prior to the regular meeting, Neugebauer provided a review of the July 17 meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC).

He said Shields Blice & Co. has proposed constructing a 5,000-square-foot office building on 2 acres at 4576 Massillon Road to house a local accounting firm. The company’s current address in Green is 4030 Massillon Road, Neugebauer said. As part of the construction plan, an additional 2,500-square-foot building would be constructed on a lower level on the rear side of the building, he said. The site is on the west side of Massillon Road, just north of the Tricaso Drive and Massillon Road intersection. Neugebauer said the property is zoned Business-3, and the proposed office is conditionally permitted. He said the PZC unanimously approved the site plan.

In addition, Neugebauer said the PZC unanimously approved a plan to display a P-51 Mustang aircraft on airport property at 5383 Massillon Road, the site of the city’s south annex highway maintenance facility. He explained the Military Aviation Preservation Society (MAPS) is located in Green at 2260 Interstate Parkway. The location of the display would be in close proximity to the intersection of Massillon Road and International Parkway, Neugebauer said. The plan is to mount the Mustang in the air on a single pole in a manner that would allow the plane to swing in the direction of the wind, he said. Neugebauer added, for safety considerations, the propeller would be fixed so it cannot spin. He said the plan has been in the works for some time.

In other city business, Mayor Dick Norton said he is seeking a new member for the Board of Zoning Appeals, as member Matt Aloisi relocated out of the city.

He also reported Buehler’s purchased the current IGA grocery store on state Route 619 and will make branding changes, as well as appearance changes inside and outside of the store.

Norton also announced a ribbon-cutting ceremony for West Side Bakery, now located inside the former Blake’s Cupcakery on Town Park Boulevard, will take place Aug. 20 at 10 a.m. Also, a ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially kick off the construction of the Acme Fresh Market on Massillon Road will take place Aug. 21 at 11 a.m.

The next regular Council meeting will take place Aug. 27, starting at 5 p.m. with committee meetings and followed by the regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.

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