Cuyahoga Falls City Council on Monday, March 27, approved hiring contractors to open up Front Street to vehicular traffic, something it has not seen in 40 years. The vote was 10-1 with one Councilmember, Vic Pallotta (R-3) abstaining. Pallotta did not give a reason for his abstention.

"This is one of our three largest investments and I really hope it's the most successful of all of them," said At-Large Councilman Jeff Iula (R) prior to voting. "I've very much in favor of it."

"I want to thank Council, the administration and, most of all, the public for being involved in this from the start," said Mayor Don Walters. "It's been a long, long process. I don't want you to think it ends here. The public involvement is going to be quite strong. We'll have hard hat tours, a ground breaking and all those things as it goes on because as you know there are existing businesses down there now and we want them to thrive throughout the construction. So there's going to be a whole of focus starting today."

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