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Development to offer luxury apartments

4/10/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Emily Chesnic

Council places time limit on record retention


GREEN — At the April 8 meeting, Green City Council approved the addition of high-end apartments to a development proposed for the center of Green.

The approximate $30 million project — Grove Villas of Green — is proposed for 32 acres of land on the east side of Massillon Road, just south of Graybill Road.

Cindy Williams, of Green Project Development, has said the project will include retail, office and restaurant space among three buildings, with one building to house a national restaurant chain currently not featured in Northeast Ohio.

The original development plan for Grove Villas recently was revised by Foremost Development to include six buildings housing a total of 180 one- and two-bedroom luxury apartments featuring granite countertops, plank flooring and stainless steel appliances, city officials said.

According to project officials, the one-bedroom, 655-square-foot apartments will rent for $975 a month, and the two-bedroom, 970-square-foot apartments will rent for $1,275 a month.

Councilman John “Skip” Summerville (Ward 4) said the $21 million apartment component specifically will fill a need in Green.

He explained the city is lacking upscale apartments for both young professionals and senior citizens and there has been an “enormous desire” for this type of housing in the city.

“This is the right product at the right place at the right time,” he said.

While there are many people speaking out in support of the project, Councilman Ken Knodel (Ward 3) noted some of the neighboring property owners are concerned about the luxury apartments, specifically the noise and traffic issues they could create.

He wanted residents to know Council still has to approve the final plans for the development, and buffering issues will have to be resolved before construction begins at the site.

Also during the meeting, Council approved a measure that will require the city administration to provide a Council member with requested records within two business days and free of charge.

Councilman Joel Reed (at large) said the resolution “cleans up” inconsistency when Council members seek information in writing from members of the administration. He said a member of Council recently was told he would have to be charged for copies of records, and this has not been the practice in the past.

Councilman Chris Humphrey (at large) explained Council members often need access to various documents to carry out their responsibilities as elected officials.

Law Director Steve Pruneski disputed the resolution, specifically that it puts a time limit on when the documents need to be received. He added the administration always has fulfilled Council’s requests in a timely manner, but the time limit will make employees think they must stop what they are doing to produce the needed documents.

“No one responds faster than the city of Green,” he said.

Council President Gerard Neugebauer (at large) said the resolution shouldn’t have been needed. While he has never had an issue receiving requested materials, he said other members of Council have had different experiences.

Additionally at the regular meeting, Council agreed not to request a hearing regarding a new liquor license request for KAPA LLC, doing business as Papa Gyros, at 3939 Massillon Road. Papa Gryos would occupy one of 15 D5J liquor licenses in the newly formed entertainment district, said Councilman James Ahlstrom (Ward 1).

Council also learned from City Engineer Paul Pickett the city would need to award a bid later this month for a $3.5 million improvement project for the roundabout at Greensburg and Lauby roads. Pickett said the city would receive about $1 million in federal and state funds for the project that specifically would widen Lauby Road.

In other business, METRO Regional Transit Authority will hold a meeting April 15 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Central Administration Building (CAB), 1755 Town Park Blvd., to inform residents of service and route changes related to the city, Neugebauer said.

Council will meet April 22 for its next regular meeting, starting with committee meetings at 5 p.m. and the Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers at the CAB.

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