Giant Eagle Clears 1 Hurdle; 1 Left to Go
New Market District store gets approval from Architectural Review Board
Strongsville's Architectural Review Board has approved the design of a 110,000-square-foot Market District store on Pearl Road.
That leaves Giant Eagle with one more step before it can break ground -- the blessing of the Planning Commission.
The commission is expected to review site plans for the new store Thursday night.
Tuesday morning marked the fourth time officials from Giant Eagle went before the ARB.
Phil Bishop of Echo Realty, the company developing the new Market District store for Giant Eagle, said the newest plans take into consideration all the city's concerns.
• A parapet on top of the building has been extended and made higher to screen rooftop air conditioning units.
• The wall around the loading dock has been raised to 12 feet to block nearby residents from seeing the trucks.
• The perimeter of the parking lot will be lit with 400-watt lights on 20-foot poles. Only the 12 or so lights in the interior part of the lot will have the 1,000-watt fixtures on 30-foot poles that Giant Eagle wanted.
"We appreciate all the changes, all the revisions," ARB Chairman Bill Boron said.
The board voted 6-0 in favor of the design.
Giant Eagle plans to build the first ground-up Market District store in northeast Ohio at 15919 Pearl Rd., on the site of Strongsville Golf and Honey Hut. Voters earlier this year agreed to rezone part of the Strongsville Golf property to allow the project to proceed.