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Green OKs long-term fill process of huge hole

By George W. Davis
Special to the Beacon Journal

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GREEN: A vacant 14.33-acre site estimated to be as much as 60 to 80 feet deep will be filled in for future use under an agreement reached last week by developer Mayfair Road Development and the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

In almost an hour of discussion, the five-member commission set several conditions that the developer and excavator HM Miller Construction of Mogadore must follow during what could take 10 years — or more — of filling to complete, according to the applicant’s paperwork.

The project, on the east side of Mayfair Road south of Greensburg Road, is proposed to raise a former clay and coal mining site to surface conditions. The site then would be evaluated for potential industrial development.

All adjoining properties are vacant, Planning Director Wayne Wiethe told commission members.

The developer plans to use clean fill, starting at the east end and working to the west, and will construct a graveled equipment driveway to keep dirt and mud off Mayfair Road, according to Jeff Leisenring, project manager for both Mayfair Road Development and HM Miller.

Leisenring said work is expected to begin in April or May, and added that there is no thought of additional mining or processing on the site.

Wiethe said he wants minimal disturbance to the area with each phase of fill. He also said the location cannot become a transfer site, meaning fill cannot be brought in only to be moved to another place.

The developer will be asked to post a $50,000 bond and update the commission on progress at the five-year mark.

George W. Davis can be reached at mediaman@sssnet.com.


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