CUYAHOGA FALLS — The police department’s proposal for construction of an indoor shooting range and training facility on Wyoga Lake Road received the green light from city planners Tuesday night.
Planning Commission approved the site plan for a 9,500-square-foot building that is planned for 3497 Wyoga Lake Road on 5.4 acres behind the city’s Fire Station No. 5. The 5.4 acres consists of six separate parcels that would combine into one parcel for the project.
Cuyahoga Falls Police Chief Jack Davis said his department and other neighboring departments need a place to train and meet their shooting qualification requirements. He said nobody wants a shooting range "in their backyard," and the proposal to have an indoor facility that is sound-proof addresses that concern.
The facility will have 10 shooting lanes, two classrooms and a simulator in which officers can practice dealing with specific shoot or no-shoot situations, Davis said. The building will either have a sprinkler system or a fire department access road will be added, according to the city’s planning staff report. The engineering department still needs to review and approve the stormwater management plans.
Davis sent letters to his fellow chiefs in Summit County and said he heard from several who are interested in using the site for training. Davis said his department would rent out the facility to other police departments to use.
Councilman and commission member Paul Colavecchio (D, At Large) said he had been a "proponent" of this building because "a lot of police departments are looking for places to train."
Commission member Ed Monaco said he felt the shooting range is "badly needed."
The plan will now go before City Council for its approval.
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