STOW -- A growing Seasons Road business park is taking steps to expand some more.
The city's planning commission approved a recommendation on Feb. 14 that City Council approve a site plan for a 136,868-square-foot office/manufacturing/warehouse building, called a flex building, on the south side of Seasons Road, just east of the Route 8 northbound exit ramp.
The recommendation is subject to city arborist approval of landscape plans; building and engineering department approvals of the final site, building and stormwater management plans; the fire department approval of the number and location of fire hydrants; and the developer modifying and recording a reciprocal easement agreement to accommodate access between several lots on the site.
The site plans are scheduled to go before Council's planning committee on Feb. 23 for possible inclusion on Council's regular meeting agenda later that evening.
The building would be south of two other flex buildings, both just under 115,000 square feet in size, that have been constructed over the last two years. The two existing buildings are 32 feet high, as the proposed third building would be.
The developer, Seasons Business Center LLC, is a partnership between Brooklyn Heights-based developer Ray Fogg Corporate Properties LLC and property owner BH (Ohio) Leasing LLC, an affiliate of Brennan Management Group in Akron.
According to Ray Fogg's website, approximately 27,000 square feet in one of the existing buildings is currently available for leasing.
City Planning Director Rob Kurtz told the commission that the site plan calls for a stormwater detention basin between the two existing buildings and the site of the proposed building to be removed. Another detention basin would be constructed south of the proposed building's site, near a second existing basin, which will remain.
Mike Novachek, senior project manager with Ray Fogg, told the commission that the basin plans will increase the efficiency of stormwater mitigation efforts on the site by putting the basins closer to a stream, as well as improve the "aesthetics' of the site.
"We shifted the building up (to the north) so we can get rid of that kind of unsightly detention basin and put it all in the back," said Novachek. "It's where all the contours fall toward the stream and the creek. It just makes sense to get the water as low as possible."
The developers initially approached the city about constructing a business park in phases on the then approximately 45 acres of vacant land in early 2015.
Ray Fogg President Ray Fogg Jr. told the Stow Sentry in February 2015 that the property became a good location for such a development after the Seasons Road and Route 8 interchanges were constructed several years ago. He said that eventually, there could be as many as six or seven buildings of various sizes on the site.
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