Twinsburg day care center plans to build new facility

KEN LAHMERS
Correspondent
The red star on this map shows the location of a proposed New Adventures Early Learning Center at Darrow Road and Summit Commerce Parkway.

TWINSBURG – New Adventures Early Learning Center unveiled plans to the city’s planning commission June 1 to move from its current location at 8054 Darrow Road to a now vacant 7-acre parcel on the northwest corner of Darrow Road and Summit Commerce Parkway.

Final site plan approval could come as early as the planning panel’s June 15 meeting. The day care center, which provides services for infants through 12-year-olds, plans to erect a 12,000-square-foot building and associated driveways, parking areas, play yard and storm water control features.

The current Twinsburg location has operated since 2007, and the center also has a location in Mantua.

According to City Planner Lynn Muter, day care facilities are conditionally permitted uses in all Twinsburg industrial districts, and the proposed location is zoned I-2 limited industrial. A conditional use permit has been approved for the project.

The property is surrounded on the east and west by undeveloped parcels; the one on the east is across Darrow Road. Summit Commerce Parkway and a multi-tenant building, which are zoned C-2, are to the south and a multi-tenant building zoned I-3 heavy industrial is to the north.

Muter said the maximum coverage permitted in any industrial district is 40 percent, so the day care center’s proposed 4 percent coverage would be in compliance. It also would be compliant with single-business lot width requirements, with frontage of 368 feet on Darrow Road and 580 feet on Summit Commerce Parkway.

All building setbacks – front, sides and rear – and the parking lot setback from Darrow Road comply with city requirements. Two access driveways are planned onto Darrow Road and Summit Commerce Parkway, with the city’s engineering department suggesting the Darrow Road driveway be right-in, right-out only.

Muter said the city requires 52 parking spaces for the building, but owner Thomas Lane explained all of those are not needed for the 160 children and 15 to 18 employees, and he proposes to preserve green space by landbanking 20 spaces, which could be added later on the south side of the building. Lane added three buses per day would visit the facility.

Muter said a landscape plan is required with the final site plan submittal, and a drainage area map and stormwater calculations will be required prior to construction plan approval.

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