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Akron City Council schedules public hearings

7/10/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Stephanie Kist

At its July 7 meeting, Akron City Council referred several items up for public hearing for the next two weeks, including the following issues in West Akron:

  • a request by Hattie Larlham to vary the building line setback for a fence at 389 Edgewood Ave. and establish retail sales at 465 S. Maple St. for a Hattie’s Garden and produce stand, up for public hearing July 14;
  • a request by Mesnac Co. Ltd. for a conditional-use permit for oversized signage at 2620 Ridgewood Road, up for public hearing July 14; and
  • a request by Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services Inc. for a conditional-use permit for an assisted living addition at Rockynol, 1150 W. Market St., up for public hearing July 21.

Council also will have a public hearing July 14 on the Downtown Area Redevelopment Plan.

In other business, Council’s Planning Committee briefly discussed an ordinance approving the site plan for Sterling Inc. to construct additional parking and to make renovations to a building at 387 Ghent Road in Northwest Akron.

The site plan approval comes before Council as part of a joint development agreement involving the city. It was approved by the Planning Commission June 24.

According to Development Engineering Manager Brad Beckert, the parking lot expansion will take place on the north side of the Sterling campus, and the building to be renovated is a former day care center. It will create office space and allow for additional jobs, Beckert said.

Councilwoman Marilyn Keith (D-Ward 8), the representative for the area, said there are drainage issues nearby in the Lake of the Woods allotment she would like to see addressed. However, “what’s happening [at Sterling] is not going to cause more water issues. … This project is good,” she said.

Beckert added the issues in Lake of the Woods are due to an eroding storm pipe and are separate from the construction on the Sterling campus.

Council placed the legislation on the consent agenda for a vote next week.

Also at the meeting, Council approved an ordinance authorizing the issuance of notes in the maximum amount of $900,000 to the Ohio Air Quality Development Authority to finance the remaining cost of a project to construct energy conservation measures at the CitiCenter Building, a continuation of a project from last year.

The next Akron City Council meeting will take place July 14 at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 166 S. High St. in Downtown Akron. Committee meetings are set to begin at 2 p.m. that afternoon, also in Council Chambers.

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