CUYAHOGA FALLS -- City Council delayed a decision on a proposed six-unit housing structure on Hunter Parkway when a motion by Councilman Michael Brillhart to send it back to committee was approved 10-1 on March 13.

Brillhart (D-5) had voiced his disapproval of the project when it was discussed during the March 6 meeting of Council's Planning and Zoning Committee. He said he had received numerous calls from constituents opposed to the increase of cars six residences would bring.

Developer Danny Karam filed an application to subdivide 333 E. Bath Road into six lots to build ranch-style, single-family attached dwellings, Planning Director Fred Guerra told Council on March 6. The Hunter Parkway Subdivision is proposed on the corner of Hunter Parkway and East Bath Road.

During the March 13 meeting when Council-as-a-whole was scheduled to vote on the ordinance to approve Karam's plans, Brillhart said in the past week he had received 37 calls against the project. Brillhart's motion was seconded by Councilwoman Carol Klinger (R-At Large).

Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-At Large) said he was in favor of discussing the issue further at the next Planning and Zoning Committee on March 20 because of traffic safety concerns, adding he believed the legislation could be voted on the same night.

Ward 8 Councilman Russ Iona (R) voted against sending the measure back because he said the city's Planning Commission, of which he is a voting member, approved the project with several stipulations that Karam agreed to follow.

On Feb. 22 the Planning Commission approved Karam's plans with stipulations he upgrade the handicap ramp on the corner of Bath and Hunter Parkway, convert overhead electric service to underground, install a fire hydrant in the vicinity of Lot 6, place a 5-foot sidewalk around all street frontages and create a tree lawn around all street facing frontages and plant street trees.

On March 6, Karam told Council the homes would be sold at a cost between $255,000 and $260,000 or leased for $2,200 per month.

"I spent six months putting that plan together according to the Planning Department's code, and I'm puzzled as to what the hold up is," Karam told Falls News-Press on March 15, adding the Planning Commission "signed off on it unanimously."

He said he agreed to stipulations by the Planning Commission. "I didn't ask any questions, I just said 'yes,'" he said, "but there's got to be some point [where] I just can't keep saying yes all the time."

Karam said he agreed to several items that aren't required by the code, including a 6-foot high, 300-foot long fence along the western property line that he says will cost him an extra $10,000 to $15,000.

If his plan is not approved, Karam said, he will still develop the property but he may use plans originally approved for the property before he bought it -- a three-story 12-unit townhouse complex.


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