by Lauren Krupar
Cuyahoga Falls -- A longtime city business will move and the city will gain additional parking spaces by next summer.
For more than 50 years, B & B Towing has operated out of a Second Street building adjacent to the municipal building. Now, owners Bernard D. and Marion J. Mason, plan to relocate their business to State Road, where they will use a community reinvestment area agreement from the city to build a towing and automotive center, and the city will purchase the Second Street site for $320,000.
Council approved the plan -- a conditional zoning certificate, the CRA agreement and the property purchase -- 9-0 June 11. Council President Don Walters (D-6) and member Doug Flinn (R-4) were not at the meeting.
"This is a win-win for all involved," Flinn said June 4. "This will help the city, the churches, the Natatorium patrons and everyone involved."
The conditional zoning certificate allows B & B Towing to build an 8,400-square-foot car repair and maintenance store and a fenced storage lot on the State Road site, which is zoned E-1 for employment. To the north of the property is a mobile home park and a bar with additional residential property to the south.
The building is planned to be constructed on a more than 4-acre site. Construction on the State Road site is expected to begin in July and finish by July 2008, at which point the city could use the Second Street location.
Council also approved a community reinvestment area agreement for the new construction on State Road.
According to the agreement, the city will abate 50 percent of new property taxes generated by the State Road site for six years. City officials said the abatement translates into more than $19,000 total for the six years.
The company will invest more than $369,000 in construction and equipment.
According to B & B officials, all employees of the Second Street site will be retained and relocated to State Road. The annual payroll for the company is $82,000.
Community Development Director Susan Truby said the B & B garage on Second Street would be demolished and the city would use the site for additional parking and landscaping.
The site also would allow room for future growth of the city center, city officials said.