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Sheetz, O'Charley's Plans Moving at Whitney-Pearl

Both seek rezonings to build in front of Lowe's

A development company is asking City Council to rezone two parcels at the northeast corner of Pearl and Whitney roads for an  restaurant and a Sheetz gas station.

Both by WXZ Development Inc., which is seeking to develop the vacant land in front of .

At the time, some local residents and one councilman opposed a Sheetz in that location.

WXZ is seeking to rezone one parcel from General Business to Restaurant-Restaurant Services for O'Charley's and the other from General Businss to Motor Services for Sheetz.

The projects have been on hold while legal issues about the foreclosed property went through the courts, but development is now able to move forward.

The rezoning legislation will be on City Council's agenda soon, possibly as early as next Tuesday.

No action would be taken. Rezonings are referred to the Planning Commission for recommendations before council votes.

At a meeting hosted by WXZ in January, residents welcomed O'Charley's to the area.

They were less enthusiastic about Sheetz, which wants to build a service station and food-oriented convenience store, with a car wash in the back, architect David Mastrostefano said.

The owners of the nearby  station and Laser Wash said Sheetz would take their customers.

Ward 4 Councilman Scott Maloney also opposed Sheetz, saying a gas station is "not even remotely" what residents were promised at that corner by the original developer.

As far as O'Charley's, the Nashville, TN-based restaurant chain is seeking to construct a 6,400-square-foot eatery that would seat about 200 on the other side of the access road from .

O'Charley's operates more than 230 restaurants in the United States, including one in . There are also O'Charley's restaurants in Canal Winchester (just outside Columbus), Boardman, Niles and Cincinnati.

Sheetz would go at the corner of Whitney and Pearl.

Last year, Sheetz sought to build on the opposite side of Pearl Road, on the former Quality Catering site, but faced opposition in that location, too.

WXZ took over the long-in-coming development at Pearl and Whitney roads, picking up where the Toledo-based Timberstone development group left off when it ran into financial obstacles and bowed out in 2009.

Timberstone was the second developer to plan and then abandon a project there.

Residents were initially promised a major retail project, to be called Renaissance Park, that would include a grocery store and a mix of other retail and restaurants by original developer David Lewanski, who in late 2005 said he had commitments from Lowe's, Bed Bath & Beyond and Circuit City to locate there.

Lowe's and  have been constructed so far. Circuit City is out of business, and  built a store at the Plaza at SouthPark.

When Lewanski left, Timberstone proposed a multi-phased project that would include smaller retail stores, restaurants and office space. 

Timberstone's other Strongsville project, a Kindercare on an outlot at , was . The property has .

 

Gary Mundson August 29, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Wow! How proud we are - us northern Strongsville residents - that we will have our very own gas station at a prime spot in our neighborhood. That just adds so much to our already wonderful mix of not 1 but 2 big box DIY stores, seedy motels, run down stores, etc. Just sooooo proud!
Scott August 29, 2012 at 02:47 PM
I agree with Gary. That stretch of Pearl Road is about as tacky as it gets. (just like the rest of Pearl Road) I suggest it all be razed and we start over with some conformity of structure, architecture, and aesthetics. As I recall what started out as a high-end group of retail stores has now developed into a low end gas station. Too bad!
James Murphy August 29, 2012 at 04:55 PM
the northern section has always been the armpit of strongsville >>>>the bigger the stores built, the more weeds and blight removed
lyn August 29, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Just put in a gas station - one that size is needed at that end. If not on Pearl, where would you put one, down on Whitney somewhere? Pearl is one of the 2 major roads in the city - THAT is where it belongs. Get over it.
Susie August 30, 2012 at 02:42 AM
I feel putting in a Sheetz will be an improvement to the area and another restaurant should be welcomed also...maybe as things start to build up all the "shady" hotels and "run down stores" will be phased out or forced to improve their conditions and nice buildings will take their place.
Jacki George December 04, 2012 at 06:05 PM
The enormous lighted 24 /7 gaudy balloon awning adds to the tacky seedy traffic congested toxic polluting neighbor hood. All those living in the cherry hills condo/apartments on Whitney Rd might ask for rent reductions before they uproot to a more pleasant scenic living place. Depreciation of all those condos is sure to happen. Has anyone experienced the wonderful outdoor patio and family environment of O'charley's family restaurant? If you did no one in ward one would choose sheetz auto Svc as a view point? Has anyone driven pearl rd north a few miles to see the decline... Let sheetz occupy one of those deserted plots! Let us also discuss the cost of policing ward one to keep it safe and not ruin this residential area? Our politicians are failing to serve the property owners and residents of this entrance area to Srongsville... Promises made to residents of ward one to rezone have been a political debauchery!
lyn December 04, 2012 at 08:16 PM
Does NO ONE remember all those run down hotels and motels that were once there? Do people actually think that area is worse now than before? It was so much worse years ago and now people living in homes that were there when that area was awful are now complaining!! You should be happy with the improvement to the area. When I moved here there was no way I wanted to live near that section - it was a dump!
lyn December 04, 2012 at 08:19 PM
We all know where the cheapest rental units are and have always been. Sheetz won't change it. Get over it!
Jacki George December 20, 2012 at 11:56 AM
Let's hope that the Whitney Pearl area connecting Strongsville with Middleburg Hts. and serving the western area of Metro parks becomes a pleasant beautified area in which all local citizens and taxpayers can be permently enjoy and especially take pride in the cultivation of this vital local area. Also note that there is a current decline in the residential population of Strongsville. Are our politicians listening to the voters of WARD 1 ? Or is this really about fast money and not our future benefits?

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