Parking lot upgrade, dumpster installation planned in downtown Cuyahoga Falls

Council set to vote on legislation June 8

PHIL KEREN Reporter
The intersection of 2nd Street and Portage Trail in Cuyahoga Falls. About $200,000 worth of improvements have been approved for the Manchester Court parking lot. The lot is a 7-vehicle space in a courtyard surrounded by the block of buildings located on the far left side of the intersection.

CUYAHOGA FALLS — A couple of infrastructure projects will take place over several weeks in the downtown area this summer.

City Council on Monday examined legislation to authorize the service director to enter into contracts for the projects to repair and reconstruct concrete pavement. Council will vote on the legislation June 8. A total of $500,000 was budgeted for the work.

City Engineer Tony Demasi said the two main projects that the money is paying for are: the replacement of the Manchester Court parking lot just west of the corner of Portage Trail and Front Street, and the construction of a fenced-in dumpster area on the south side of Portage Trail next to Metropolis Popcorn.

Both projects are expected to begin in early July and be finished by the end of August.

Demasi added the Manchester Court parking lot has seven spaces and will have eight spots after the work is finished. The retaining wall at the site will also be improved. Bids for the parking lot work were opened in May and Demasi said the low bid was $195,976.

Community Development Director Diana Colavecchio said the business owners who are behind the parking lot understand the project “is going to be an … inconvenience for a while. Some of them have tenants parking back there.” But, Colavecchio said, the business owners knew the project was coming and “realize that this is going to be a great improvement once it’s completed.”

On the dumpster project, with more businesses setting up shop downtown, Demasi said those establishments needed a convenient site to throw away their trash.

“This is actually a good problem to have in the downtown,” said Demasi. “…This was a good, coordinated project.”

Colavecchio added downtown businesses are “very anxious” to have the dumpster area constructed. Demasi said bids for the trash dumpster project will be opened next week.

After these projects are finished, Demasi noted he anticipates having some money left over in the budget. He said those remaining funds will be used for “spot repairs,” including some areas of Howe Avenue east of Barney’s Busy Corners, as well as parts of other concrete streets.

Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, pkeren@recordpub.com, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.