TWINSBURG — Expansion is on the horizon at Mold-Rite Plastics on East Highland Road, just west of Route 91, after the city’s planning commission recently favored a site plan for an 8,560-square-foot warehouse addition.

Mold-Rite Plastics has operated since 1976 and is a leading provider of rigid-plastic packaging components used every day by millions of consumers worldwide. The firm recently acquired Weatherchem Corp. and Stull Technologies.

The site plan received unanimous approval June 15, and the planning panelists expressed support for the business and its expansion.

The site is in an I-3 heavy industrial zoning district, which includes uses such as warehousing, manufacturing and processing. The site is surrounded by industrial-zoned properties on the east, west and south, and Crown Hill Cemetery on the north.

The existing building measures 42,745 square feet, and the addition would bring the lot coverage to 27%, which is well within the city’s 40% requirement for industrial districts.

The new structure will be 27 1/2 feet high, which is within the required 45 feet limit. Front, back and side yard setbacks will be in compliance with the zoning code, and according to City Planner Lynn Muter, the addition triggers no additional landscaping requirements.

Muter also said the proposed addition does not involve the loss of existing parking spaces and does not trigger the need for additional off-street parking.

Since the disturbance area is less than one acre, a stormwater pollution prevention plan does not have to be submitted to the Summit County Soil & Water Conservation District. The site plan does include an expanded basin.

In the only other item on the agenda, the planning panel recommended to City Council that Compassion Animal Services be granted a similar use determination for its pet grooming, training and retail products business in the plaza at 10735 Ravenna Road.

Muter said a similar use determination is necessary because there is no provision in the zoning code for pet grooming, which owners Adam Proctor and Tracy Goforth said is a much-needed consumer service in the area.

The owners likened the proposed use to beauty salons, barbershops and fitness centers, which are permitted in the C-2 commercial zoning district.

The owners stated pets will be serviced by appointment only, and there will be no overnight boarding of pets or large groups of pets on the premises at one time to create noise. There is plenty of parking at the plaza, and the business will not increase traffic significantly.

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