First Step to Creating Jobs: Build Road to Industrial Park

City seeks grant to launch development of 500 acres

The city expects this week to submit an application to the Ohio Department of Development for $3.48 million to extend Foltz Parkway to Boston Road to serve 500 acres of industrial land.

Strongsville would match that grant with a $1.5 million contribution toward the $5 million project.

This is the third time the city is seeking a grant from the Ohio Job Ready Sites Program for the road.

Economic Development Director Brent Painter said although the project doesn't exactly fit the parameters of the grant, "you can't get it if you don't try."

And even if the state doesn't award the Job Ready grant to Strongsville, the exposure -- city officials plan to present the project to state and county officials, as well -- will help.

"It keeps it on their radar," Painter said.

Once the road and utilities are in place, development of the 500-acre industrial park can start, potentially bringing hundreds of jobs -- and new income tax revenue -- 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.

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



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