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Big Piles of Dirt are Next Step Toward New Jobs in Strongsville

City forges ahead with efforts to develop new land on Foltz Parkway

The city is ready to start filling in wetlands on vacant property on Foltz Parkway -- the next step in .

City Council this week authorized the mayor to seek bids for the work, which will make the parcels buildable. Crews will push dirt into low-lying wetlands areas.

"We've been stockpiling dirt for that purpose," City Engineer Ken Mikula said.

Mikula said the city has been working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which oversees federally protected wetlands, on the undeveloped Foltz land for the last five years.

The agency awarded a permit to the city to fill the wetlands by April 2013 as part of a mitigation plan.

It is one of several efforts the city is making to open up 500 acres of land off Foltz Parkway for industrial development, which will bring hundred of jobs and thousands of new tax dollars to town.

The city owns 169 acres there, with the rest privately held. 

The existing Foltz Parkway extends into 43 acres of the undeveloped land and stops.

"We have 43 acres that are ready to be developed now," Economic Development Director Brent Painter said.

Late last year, the city applied to the Ohio Department of Development for $3.48 million to extend Foltz Parkway, but Painter said the city learned it did not get the grant.

"We're looking into some new grant opportunities now," Painter said.

The road is expected to cost about $5 million.

Mayor Tom Perciak has said  was the first step toward gettng the industrial land developed because it provides better freeway access to companies that will eventually build there.

lyn May 10, 2012 at 06:48 PM
I'm not familiar with the guidelines for wetlands. I thought they were to remain untouched. Does anyone know about this?
lyn May 10, 2012 at 07:06 PM
RE:"Mayor Tom Perciak has said widening Pearl Road was the first step toward gettng the industrial land developed because it provides better freeway access to companies that will eventually build there." I still don't get it. What does Foltz Pkwy. have to do with Pearl Rd. widening, other than trying to give government agencies a valid reason to give us funds - but isn't that lying on the forms in requesting the funds when he knows one has nothing to do with the other? How will cars and trucks get from Pearl to Foltz? Are they planning on plowing through Waterford homes? This makes no sense. I think the word is "gobbledegook", or pulling the wool over the eyes of the taxpayers. We don't need Pearl widened for access to Foltz! If that was ever a problem, why haven't they expressed concern over Drake, which gives people access to Foltz. That industrial area has been there for years, with access from 82, Prospect, or Drake. When will the people of Strongsville start objecting to this nonsense? I don't see many people concerned about this useless, wasteful spending of our dollars when our city has so many other traffic, road and safety issues that need addressing. Not this widening of Pearl from Drake to Boston that passes by the 60+ acres that the Catan family is waiting to sell off. The mayor should be more concerned about taking care of the other 45,000 citizens, not just making sure that one family's investment is bettered.
Debbie Palmer May 10, 2012 at 08:01 PM
Lyn, I'm no expert on wetlands, but yes, they can be disturbed -- as long as you create new ones or protect other existing ones, either at the site or elsewhere. Almost every project is built on wetlands, but the developers have to agree to create or protect other areas (often, I think, at a 2:1 ratio -- protect two acres for every one that's disturbed). If anyone has better details, please chime in.
tom m May 10, 2012 at 09:34 PM
it goes by a swap system ...if you remember there was some wetlands at the southpark mall location that they "moved" the same acerage to I think an area in berea off main street in back of the metroparks
lyn May 10, 2012 at 11:45 PM
tom m and Debbie- Thanks for the info.
Amy May 11, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Lyn, just wondering if there is a project you would support. What are the safety, traffic and other road issues that you feel are being so neglected? I feel that creating jobs is a very important issue to address, as well as creating more tax revenue for the city and schools.
joe simonton May 11, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I do agree with Amy, It does appear that Lyn has a problem with a lot of strongsvilles future plans and needs for additional tax revenue Also Lyn has shown a lot of hatred to the Catans here and in the past, and it leaves me wondering if she has had bad past dealings with them
lyn May 11, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Are you kidding? Just drive down most any side street or street in any development that is 25 years or older and look at the ruts, potholes and disappearing curbs. Have you never seen the traffic problems at 71/Howe/82? I could go on and on, but that is not what this article was about. See the following for other traffic issues if you are new to the city: http://strongsville.patch.com/articles/traffic-peeves-city-wants-to-know As far as creating jobs, the jobs created by widening Pearl? That workforce can be used fixing other problem areas throughout the city that are of much higher priority than a .9 mile strip of road that is not a traffic issue and serves no purpose to be widened. You would widen a road to the hill and then what? And, traffic doesn't even begin to be a problem - never. And, again, it is not a problem with the Catan family who has been active in our town. My issues, again, are that the mayor and council seems to put one family's interests above the rest of the community. That is not how city government SHOULD run, but I know that is how things do get done and I find it hard to believe that other people are so accepting of this misdirection of taxpayer funds. When citizens present complaints and they are constantly told we don't have the funds for other road improvements, but we do for this widening - doesn't it make any reasonable man/woman question things? I'm all for its widening IF other issues are corrected first.
lyn May 11, 2012 at 03:47 PM
amy AND joe- Please explain to me how widening Pearl from Drake to Boston provide "better freeway access to companies that will eventually build there (Foltz)", as the mayor stated in trying to get funds for the widening.
tom m May 11, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Here Lyn to prevent you from using the word gobbledegook again I have a link for the Foltz Parkway path for you http://www.cleveland.com/sunstarcourier/index.ssf/2010/02/strongsville_working_towards_e.html
lyn May 11, 2012 at 04:03 PM
I like that word! Thanks for the map. Its what I assumed was the path, as I've been seeing that huge mound on Boston and figured they were going to extend the industrial road that's already there. However, I thought there might have been short drives off of it. I was wrong on that guess. Thanks again.
lyn May 11, 2012 at 04:28 PM
joe- What are the other many Strongsville future plans that I have a problem with? Please be specific. I supported the new Giant Eagle. I support a new Sheetz. I support either extensive renovations or a new middle school IF a well thought out plan is presented and in a logical location. Those seem to be the most recent issues. So, what am I forgetting that I do not support?
lyn May 11, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Also in favor of another gas station going in at Drake and Pearl - hope its a Get-Go. Also like the councilman wanting to beautify Pearl Rd. with trees,... and make the architecture of future buildings more similar. I can't understand ANYONE having a problem with that, but there are some who do. You see, I want a better Strongsville. But that also means fixing and improving what we now have before moving on to future projects. Where are we if part of the city falls to neglect while we concentrate on these grand projects?
Tom Brennan May 11, 2012 at 10:36 PM
Pearl Rd. South of Drake is a priority? Meanwhile, Albion Rd. at Bonnie Park has now been closed for full year, limiting access for both residents and safety forces. Why is that not a priority? Oh that's right, the adjacent land is not for sale.

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