AURORA -- The city's planning commission accepted for study site plans for two major buildings in the southern industrial zone at its June 21 meeting.

ARI (McMaster Carr) is seeking to build a 409,000-square-foot warehouse on the west side of Route 43, across from Lena Drive, while Trelleborg Sealing Profiles plans to erect a 148,750-square-foot structure on the north side of Lena Drive, a few hundred feet west of Page Road.

The city's engineering department will peruse the site plans before the planning panel takes action on them.

The McMaster Carr building will be erected on 24 acres of an 84-acre site, and it will face Route 43. The firm is seeking three wetlands setback variances from the planning panel and one from the board of zoning appeals.

The latter variance request would allow the building to be situated 132 feet from Route 43, when the city requires a 200-foot setback. The BZA will consider that request at its July 12 meeting.

A public hearing preceded the June 21 regular meeting on the three wetlands variances. A couple of residents were concerned about drainage issues after the building is up.

Planning-Zoning-Building Director Denise Januska explained to them that the company would have to adhere to regulations that would prevent runoff from causing headaches for nearby landowners.

A traffic study and lighting plan are among other actions the firm must take before approval is granted, and a lot consolidation plat is required.

A representative of ARI said because of the wetlands issues, no further expansion of the facilities on the 84-acre parcel are anticipated.

Meanwhile, Geis Construction plans to build the new Trelleborg facility on 14.7 acres, which will allow enough space for a possible future expansion of 100,000 square feet.

Trelleborg plans to consolidate three of its current locations -- two in Aurora and one in Streetsboro -- into the single large facility. About 134 people now work at the three sites. The firm's offices are located across Lena Drive from the new site.

Planners OK'd a minor subdivision at the site, separating a total of 32.2 acres into parcels of 24.8 acres (west side) and 7.4 acres (east side). The land is currently owned by Aurora Real Estate Investments LLC.

In another matter discussed at the meeting, planners approved a conditional zoning certificate to allow a residential conservation development involving 11 acres owned by Kim Schaefer on East Pioneer Trail.

Schaefer wishes to sell off three lots totaling 3 acres, and set aside 5 acres as green space. He said there would be a shared driveway to serve the four families.

City Law Director Dean DePiero explained the development plan is part of an effort to settle a lawsuit between neighbor William Beljon, Schaefer and another neighbor over property access issues. "The city believes this will help to resolve this dispute," he said.

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