COPLEY TWP.: Township zoning officials will review a new site plan request from Walmart. The retailer submitted the plans and $200 application fee — required for all commercial and industrial sites — late Wednesday.
No details of the plans are available without a written request, Copley officials said.
The site plans are for the same property as previous site plans, which called for a 300,000-square-foot retail complex on an undeveloped 40-acre site on Rothrock Road in Copley Township.
Walmart plans to build a 24-hour Supercenter and a Sam’s Club with a fuel station in the northern section of Rothrock, just east of Interstate 77 and south of state Route 18. The new stores would replace those located about a mile east in Rosemont Commons in Fairlawn.
This time around, Walmart owns the property, not developer Larry Levey. The company purchased the land from him on Sept. 20 for $480,000, according to county records.
Copley Planning Director Matt Springer said the site proposal has not been reviewed and the township would have no comment on its specifics at this time.
“The site proposal is a starting point. We have to review the plans based on the township’s zoning code. We haven’t started working through it yet,” Springer said. “Besides the property description, where it is located, the setbacks and name of the engineer and architect, there’s also site-specific information for several regulatory agencies to approve.”
He said multiple agencies will need to get involved for a final approval, such as the Summit County Engineer’s Office, which has to approve traffic studies, and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, which deals with wetlands issues.
Meanwhile, Fairlawn officials have set up a steel gate system at the intersection of Rothrock Road and Rosemont Boulevard to prevent the Rosemont Ridge development from becoming a major thoroughfare for Walmart shoppers to and from Cleveland-Massillon Road. Deputy Service Director Ernie Staten said the gates have been set up since Oct. 1, but are not operational, pending a ruling by the courts.
Rothrock Road, just west of Sawgrass Road, still has a sign that reads the road is closed to through traffic.
Mayor Bill Roth has said the road was not built to handle the additional traffic and that “big box” stores would disrupt the character of the neighborhood.
A decision regarding the legality of closing Rothrock Road is pending with Summit County Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty.
Marilyn Miller can be reached at 330-996-3098 or firstname.lastname@example.org.