STOW – Developers will add a fence to a proposed medical building site after neighbors expressed concerns about safety of area children.

Council members Nov. 21 passed the site plan and variance in a 6-1 vote for the Summa Health Systems medical building after amending the resolution to require a fence on the east side property line.

A two-story Summa Health Systems Medical Office building will be built at 3855 Fishcreek Road with an entrance across from the Meijer/Macy entrance drive, which has a traffic signal.

At-large Council member Jim Costello voted against the amended resolution.

The 56,700-square-foot building on 6.35 acres will 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 plans to 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.

Council approved a variance for a triangular section of the front of the building which protruded into the 80-foot setback requirement. That area of the building will be 38 feet from the road.

The closer distance to the road allows a driveway behind the building and moves the building away from the residential area, said Rob Kurtz, director of planning and development for the city of Stow. It is 300 feet from the closest home.

But residents on Compton Court, which runs parallel behind the property, had concerns about the retention pond and safety of their young children. They asked for a fence along the back of the eastern property line.

The retention pond would be grassy with two small areas of water where pipes feed in and out of the pond, said civil engineer Mike Wohlwend.

On a map, Kurtz pointed out a nearby pond in Compton Court without a fence. He said a fence around a detention pond is not common.

"It's not good to require a fence around every detention or retention pond," said Council member Brian Lowdermilk (Ward 3).

In the site plans Summa planned screening along the eastern border with a six-foot incline and 7-foot high trees as a barrier to the residential properties.

Council member Mike Rasor (at-large) amended the resolution to require the chain-link fence or other appropriate fence on the entire eastern border unless there is an agreement between Summa and neighbors who don’t want a fence adjacent to their property. 

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