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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.

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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