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Giant Eagle Seeks Architectural OK on Market District Store

Plans to be tweaked; company will return next month for a vote

officials are asking the city's Architectural Review Board to sign off on drawings of a Market District store on Pearl Road, the first in a line of approvals needed before the grocery store can break ground.

In a meeting Tuesday morning, the board complimented the look of the store, which architect Loren Wright said features different heights, materials and colors to break up a potential "big box" look.

I think they did a great job on the design," Building Commissioner Tony Biondillo said.

But the board raised a number of other issues:

• Screening. Phil Bishop of Echo Realty, the development company, said the store is proposing an 8- to 12-foot mound to the rear, topped by a 6-foot wall or fence, which he said would block the store from the view of most -- although maybe not all -- residents abutting the site.

He also suggested a wall of 8-foot arbor vitae on the mound, but Jennifer Milbrandt, the city's coordinator of natural resources, asked for groupings of pine or spruce trees instead.

"It wil give them (residents) a little more cover and the deer won't eat them," she said.

• Parking. As it stands, the store would provide 926 spots, well in excess of the 550 required. But Todd Waldo, Giant Eagle's senior manager or real estate, development and construction, said 175 to 200 of those would be occupied by employees at any given time. 

Parking could become an issue because City Engineer Ken Mikula is asking the company to move the store forward 30 feet to accommodate Hunting Meadows residents, which would cost the store more parking spaces.

• Noise. Between five and eight large trucks will deliver at the loading dock every day, in addition to eight to 10 box trucks from bread, beverage and other suppliers. There will also be noise from trash compactors.

City officials want more assurance that the noise won't disturb nearby residents, especially at night and in the early morning.

Plans for the store also include two outbuildings. Tenants haven't yet been identified for either, Bishop said.

The company wants to install a traffic signal at the store's southern driveway, opposite Knowlton Parkway.

Giant Eagle hopes to break ground this summer on the store, making Strongsville the home of the first ground-up Market District in northeast Ohio.

include a vast array of specialty sections, an in-store cafe and a pharmacy. Voters in March approved a rezoning on the and property to clear the way for the store to be built.

The company is expected to set up a work session with the ARB in early June and return to the board's next meeting June 12 to ask for plan approval. The site plans will then go back to the Planning Commission.

 

lyn May 22, 2012 at 10:21 PM
"Parking could become an issue because City Engineer Ken Mikula is asking the company to move the store forward 30 feet to accommodate Hunting Meadows residents, which would cost the store more parking spaces." How far is the store being asked to be built from the nearest home? Be sure enough parking! Do it right. That Aldi parking lot is awful- how did that get approved? its hard to find a parking space there to go in another establishment besides that or Catan's. I'm all for making some accommodations, but these homes do border commercial property - where else on Pearl Rd. do residents have such a large space between them and a building? Why is this group controlling the plans so much, just because they are being the very loud squeaky wheel?
lyn May 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
Noise and Screening. OMG. Sounds like these people are the ones who are going to be bad neighbors. I bet they call every time they hear a truck. Do they call now about seeing or hearing Pearl? Give me a break! If you wanted peace and quiet, you should have bought a few streets into the development. Again, why are these residents getting such special treatment, when throughout the city we have buildings abutting residential property and I don't EVER remember any such bending over backwards for anybody.
joe simonton May 23, 2012 at 01:13 AM
I think Giant eagle should just buy 2-3 of the closest bordering houses up and lease them out as halfway houses for sexual predators and paroled convicts
Courtney True-Smith May 23, 2012 at 06:40 PM
lyn, I'm quite curious, where exactly do you live? Clearly it must be somewhere serene and peaceful if you've never experienced even a single noisy night. You are truly blessed to have found that spot. However, for those of us living on the "abutting" properties, never in our lives did we expect the area of land behind our homes to be voted to be turned into commercial land. Please note: when these properties were purchased, this land was NOT commercial. Also, you must truly think your parking needs are far above any resident's need to maintain a peaceful way of living. I am so sorry if you may have to walk an extra five feet to get to Giant Eagle, it must be very hard on you. You're so right, we should definitely be forced to live with the sound, light, and environmental pollution so that you won't be burdened to walk an extra few feet. When did the needs of an over-priced, box store become more important than the needs of an individual?
tom m May 23, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Courtney ......MOVE ...your arguement has been heard before ...when the railroads came and went...when streetlights came .... when the highways arrived ...and courtney you bought your house which sits on your land only ...sorry to tell you this but you cant choose who you want to be your neighbors just by saying I dont like their car I dont like the landscaping lights I dont like their choice of plants ....The voters have spoken, and your opinion was found to have no merit
tom m May 23, 2012 at 07:25 PM
great idea as long as they buy courtneys neighbors house
lyn May 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
We are going to debate again that you should have anticipated commercial development along 1 of the 2 major roads in Strongsville, this being U.S. Route 42 (PEARL) which was THEE I-71 of the 1940's, 50's, 60's? And along the same stretch of road where commercial expansion was already happening when your residential development was being built. And, if you live near that parcel of land which is bordered by the church and the driving range, THAT parcel WAS zoned commercial (a building once stood there, and was a restaurant/bar when closed). And about the driving range, even though PART of it was zoned residential, that part WAS used as commercial property - but you know that, because that tall golf net is on the property line of the homes behind the driving range.. But this is now irrelevant. As for getting special concessions, just look at any of the shopping centers just up the road - how much distance is there from the buildings to the homes behind? Where Aldi's is? Where Pick-n-Pay once was? Where Fazios/Rinis once was? And as for your statement "When did the needs of an over-priced, box store become more important than the needs of an individual?" Well, when did the constant complaining and unreasonable demands of a few individuals become more important than the needs of the community? We, the city and our ward, have voted. I am so glad it is coming - and I think you will be once its built.
Colin May 23, 2012 at 09:04 PM
Lyn and Tom are complete and total arrogant, typical strongsville, "only care for themselves", assholes. Shut up. You don't have to deal with the problem, clearly the folks living in Hunting Meadows do. Do you all seriously have nothing better to do with your lives than follow this story and berate the people living in Hunting Meadows that aren't thrilled about this awful store ruining their properties? Get a life and shut up. Clearly you've won the big picture so if the fine folks of Hunting Meadows want to try and get some sort of compensations for their losses then let them have it. Good lord you people are obnoxious.
joe simonton May 23, 2012 at 09:19 PM
Colin since it appears that you are one of the self described "fine folks of Hunting Meadows " who is waiting for property values will drop like a rock once this "awful Store" is built, since the store is going to be "ruining their properties" and now you want "some sort of compensations " like I had posted earlier I think Giant eagle should just buy 2-3 of the closest bordering houses up and lease them out as halfway houses for sexual predators and paroled convicts
lyn May 23, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Colin- "awful store" - I think not. Just take a look at the new store in Broadview Hts.. This one in Strongsville will be even better! your "potty mouth"- ignorant poster lacking anything valid to add to this discussion "compensation"???? - now they want ... what, money? That's a new one, and I hope I misunderstand what you mean by that word. If I want to follow this story and comment, that is what this online newspaper is for. If you don't like people doing this, why are you doing it yourself. I'm interested in what is happening in Strongsville and seeing it be a better community. And my comments are input towards that. What you call "berate" was my response to Courtney. So, tell Courtney to shut up. But she has a right to comment as well.
Courtney True-Smith May 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM
I hate being a part of this conversation any more than necessary, but lyn, you're extremely wrong. Neither Colin nor myself have mentioned compensation. Joe mentioned it. Please read what is being said before making comments. Also, just thought I'd mention that the accommodations were brought up by the board. As stated in the article: "But the board raised a number of other issues..." and "City officials want more assurance that the noise won't disturb nearby residents."
lyn May 23, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Courtney- I'm sorry to correct you, but you need to reread Colin's post and heed your own advice. He said "if the fine folks of Hunting Meadows want to try and get some sort of compensations for their losses then let them have it." and then Joe referred to what Colin said, in quotes - meaning he was repeating what Colin said.
tom m May 23, 2012 at 11:35 PM
incorrect courtney colins post clearly read .....Clearly you've won the big picture so if the fine folks of Hunting Meadows want to try and get some sort of compensations for their losses then let them have it. ...so as you stated Please read what is being said before making comments ... Just remember to keep your windows closed because in a few months the earthmovers will be kicking up lots of dust
joe simonton May 24, 2012 at 01:47 AM
I would think the smell of the trash compactors will be worse than the dust (not to mention the 2 AM snow plows cleaning the lot for 5 hours)

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