CUYAHOGA FALLS -- City Council unanimously approved the construction of an 18,000-square-foot commercial building on State Road during a special meeting on May 22.

State 8 Motorcycles, located at 100 Cuyahoga Falls Industrial Parkway, intends to build a new showroom across the street at 95 Cuyahoga Falls Industrial Parkway, Planning Director Fred Guerra told Council on May 22. Both facilities will face State Road, he said.

The business is currently operating out of a 25,000 square-foot facility built in 2000, according to the report presented May 2 to the Planning Commission by Nick Sugar, the city's senior planner. State 8 currently sells cruisers, street bikes, all terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and scooters, Sugar wrote.

"The reason for this expansion is due to the increase in demand for off-road ATVs," Guerra told Council. "The business would like to expand into this new building."

The Planning Commission approved the plans with stipulations including a reduction in the proposed curb cut to 50 feet, installation of a sidewalk along State Road, reduction of lighting levels along the northern property line and addition of plantings along the northeastern portion of the retention pond.

Council President Mary Ellen Pyke (R-2) stated her concern that the curb cut won't be wide enough for big trucks. Guerra said the owner agreed to cut in half his proposed curb cut of 100 feet to align it with the city's General Development Code. Pyke said she often sees evidence where big trucks have failed to negotiate a turn into a narrow drive and end up driving into the grass. Guerra said he and his staff could look at that.

Councilman Mike Brillhart (D-5) asked if the retention pond in the plan would be enough to prevent potential stormwater issues. Guerra said the pond will make it so the project will not increase existing flooding issues in the area.

Mark Lezynski, the architect for the project, assured Council ATVs will not be test-driven on the street, which would be against the law, according to Pyke. Councilman Vic Pallotta (R-3) said he personally knows that State 8 salespeople permit customers to test the vehicles on State 8 property.

"They don't allow them to take them out on the road," Lezynski said.

The ordinance to approve the project was introduced, discussed and approved all in one night.

During its regular meeting May 22, Council introduced the ordinance to accept the Planning Commission's recommendation to approve these plans for the warehouse/showroom submitted by State 8 Motorcycles.

Upon introduction of this new legislation, Ward 8 Councilman Russ Iona (R) moved to suspend Council rules and allow him to host a planning and zoning committee meeting "on the same night as Council" to discuss the measure. Iona's motion was approved unanimously.


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