Cuyahoga Falls -- City Council on Sept. 26 unanimously approved a plan for Woodridge Local School District to build a new elementary school facility and for a new gymnasium to be constructed at the high school.

Planning Director Fred Guerra said the new elementary school facility will be divided in some respects and house Woodridge Primary School and Woodridge Intermediate School. The site is on vacant land between State Road and Quick Road.

Guerra said this proposed building will make up 15 percent of an 80-acre campus. The elementary building will be designed to accommodate 900 students in grades Pre-K-5. The school will contain administrative, media center, intermediate school gymnasium, primary school gymnasium, student dining, food preparation, shipping-receiving and maintenance areas, according to a report issued by the city planning division.

Plans also call for a new high school gym to be built on the north side of the high school and next to the baseball field. The high school will also see updates including a new locker room and a new 140-space parking lot.

Medical office building, retail site OK'd

During this meeting, City Council also unanimously approved the site plan for construction of a new 9,975 square foot medical office building at 242 W. Portage Trail Extension. The one-story building will be built on a parcel 1.75 acres in size.

"This is a fairly straightforward project," Guerra told Council on Sept. 19. "It met all the requirements and the planning criteria, and on Sept. 7 the Planning Commission approved the site plan with stipulations." If an existing AT&T pole is in the way of construction, Guerra said, it will be the responsibility of the developer, MPG Architects of Fairlawn, to move it.

The Commission also stipulated a 6-foot solid screen be added at the southern edge (rear) of the property facing neighboring houses. In addition, the developer will be required to either put in a sidewalk on Portage Trail or deposit escrow funds for a future sidewalk.

The property was originally owned by Marc Moon until the late 1980s when it was purchased by Mike and Vicki Cobb, said David Mann of MPG Architects. Mann said his firm worked with the Cobbs when they built a day care and a medical building on the property. This planned construction is on the last parcel on that property, he added. The current owner of the property is Sandra Noll of Akron, according to the planning division's staff report.

The Sept. 26 Council meeting also saw the unanimous approval of plans submitted by Stark Enterprises for the construction of a new 9,428 square foot retail building at 2929 State Road. The structure will be located on an outparcel of Portage Crossing between Shaw Automotive and Pizza Hut.

The next Cuyahoga Falls City Council meeting will be Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.


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