TWINSBURG — Legislators paved the way for further development at Cornerstone Business Park when they accepted the final subdivision plat for Phase V at its Aug. 28 meeting.

Scannell Properties sought quick approval of the plat so it can begin construction on two lots (21.69 and 2.78 acres) and a reconfigured cul-de-sac before harsh winter weather sets in.

The phase is at the southern end of the business park, and the large lot will accommodate a 276,000-square-foot multi-tenant spec building. To the west of that building will be a 404,000-square-foot O’Reilly Auto Parts distribution center along Chamberlin Road, which is in Phase IV of the park.

The spec building will be the second on the site of the former Chrysler Stamping Plant. The first, a 207,000-square-foot structure, houses Curbell Plastics, Dunkin Donuts Consumer Products Division, Bridgestone’s tire wholesale warehouse and Berlin Packaging.

"We are very excited about these projects," project engineer Matt Weber of Scannell Properties told the city’s planning commission. Scannell and DiGeronimo Cos. are developing the site.

No tenants have been announced for the spec building. The O’Reilly warehouse on 27.8 acres is a $30 million project, which is expected to create 350 to 400 jobs with an annual payroll of $11 million.

In addition to the first spec building, other firms which occupy structures at the 167-acre business park are Vistar, Federal Express and Amazon. The only other available parcels remaining at the site are 17 and 5 acres.



Also at the Aug. 28 meeting, members approved the purchase of a 2019 Ford Expedition Max from Valley Ford Truck Inc. for the fire department. It will cost $46,126 and will replace a 2005 Dodge Durango, which will be sold at auction.

Funds for the vehicle are included in the 2018 capital improvement budget. Fire Chief Tim Morgan said the vehicle is expected to arrive in the first few months of 2019.

Council OK’d a site plan for Whispering Woods Phase III, a 30-lot development on the northwest corner of Route 82 and Chamberlin Road.

It also certified to the Summit County fiscal officer unpaid sanitary sewer and water maintenance charges, which will be placed on delinquent property owners’ tax duplicates.

Councilman Sam Scaffide inquired about the future of the city-owned Twinsburg Chamber of Commerce building and said the city needs to crack down on businesses which do not keep their properties well-maintained.

Mayor Ted Yates agreed the city needs to address the issue of the Chamber building, saying it would cost in the mid-$200,000 range to upgrade it and the city does not wish to spend that kind of money.

He said he would suggest to Chamber officials that they begin looking for another site. About business maintenance, he said the building department will contact those that need to clean up their properties.

Yates said the 2019 city budget process is starting. He announced a senior center open house will be Sept. 8 at 10 a.m., and the top coat of pavement soon will be laid down on Ravenna Road.

Finance Director Sarah Buccigross reported income tax collections through the first eight months of 2018 stands at $16 million, which is $700,000 more than the same period last year.

Yates presented a proclamation to Michael Turle, who recently earned the Eagle Scout destination.

At Council’s finance committee session before the regular meeting, Steve Corcoran of Look Strategies, a marketing / advertising firm, talked about ways his firm can help the city obtain corporate sponsorships for its recreational facilities.

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