My notes from last night’s meetings

Here are my notes from the city council meeting on 5/25:

Meijer site plan amendment

As most of you know, Meijer plans to construct a store at the Stow-Kent Shopping Center, where Stambaugh’s previously sat. Meijer owns the 17.65-acre parcel of land, which is zoned C-4 (general business). A Meijer store fits squarely within those zoning parameters. Put another way, the city has no control over the Meijer project whatsoever, except that we must approve the site plan. If the city were to deny Meijer of this use, then the city would be sued and would be forced to buy the land from Meijer (with money we don’t have).

The company submitted a plan a couple of years ago, but has waited until Big Lots’ lease expires on 1/31/18 to demolish that building, so it can begin construction. Last night, Meijer asked city council to approve an amendment to that site plan. The amendment will reduce the store’s footprint, from 193K sq. ft. to 157K. The amendment nixes the convenience store and gas station. This will increase greenspace. The building will also be shifted away from Stow-Glen Retirement Village.

Meijer will open this store in connection with several other Northeast Ohio stores, including in Mentor, Avon, Lorain and Bainbridge Twp. Here is a photo of the revised site plan:

Meijer

City council discussed potentially replacing one of the two lodges at Adell Durbin park that have been decommissioned due to age/condition. This is an early-stage discussion. I’m concerned whether it will be prudent to construct a lodge for the estimated $500K to $1MM.

Upcoming

Please join us for the Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at 10:15 a.m. at Stow Cemetery (on 59, across from Holy Family). It’s always a nice event. I will serve as the emcee.

City council will meet next on June 8.