STOW – A proposal for a new medical building caused a few residents symptoms of discontent.
A two-story Summa Health Systems Medical Office building is planned for 3855 Fishcreek Road with an entrance across from Aldi.
Council members gave the resolution for a variance on setback a first reading last month.
The 56,700-square-foot building on 6.35 acres would have services like lab, radiology/cardiac testing, infusion, cardiac/pulmonary testing and urgent care on the first floor and medical providers on the second floor.
The facility would be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Urgent care would be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
Ray Minotas of Perspectus Architecture is requesting a variance for a triangular section of the front of the building which protrudes into the 80-foot setback requirement. Hasenstab Architects is another firm involved in the project for Summa. Civil Engineer Mike Wohlwend is overseeing site development.
The variance would permit the closest part of the building to be located at 37 feet from the Fishcreek Road right-of-way, according to Rob Kurtz, director of planning and development for the city of Stow.
"This was done on Summa's part to move the building closer to the street and further from the residential area," Kurtz said.
Planning commission recommended approval of the variance with landscaping on the northeast corner and preservation of trees on the east side of the site. Council did not vote at the first reading.
The changes would reduce land disturbance behind the retention pond and existing trees would not be removed, Kurtz said.
The minimum required setback for a parking lot adjacent to the residential district is 25 feet, Kurtz said. The proposed parking lot is 32 feet at its closest point and 260 feet away at its farthest point from the residential properties and buffered by trees.
Residents on Compton Court, which runs parallel behind the property, had concerns about the retention pond, lighting and screening.
Parents said they had young children in the neighboring development and asked for a fence.
Another resident was concerned about parking lights and wanted timers on them.
Another resident had concerns about safety and privacy in the cul-de-sac behind the building site and described it as a "parking lot in the backyard."
Council member Brian Lowdermilk (Ward 3) was concerned about light pollution beyond the property line and that the urgent care would close by 7 p.m.
Kurtz said the lighting would be on timers.
Council member Mike Rasor (at-large) said the property needed a fence because it was an "attractive nuisance."
"A fence has not been proposed for this project, but dense vegetative screening at least 6 feet in height is proposed adjacent to the parking lot," Kurtz said. "Also, the proposed parking lot is approximately 5 feet above the surrounding land. This change in elevation combined with the 6-foot-high landscaping will provide an immediate natural buffer at approximately 11 feet in height."
The next council meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Nov. 21.
Reporter Laura Freeman can be reached at 330-541-9434 or firstname.lastname@example.org