By George W. Davis
Special to the Beacon Journal
GREEN: A joint commercial/residential venture valued at $40 million to $45 million in a Planned Development District has taken a major step toward being part of the city’s Massillon Road Corridor.
The commercial site — 11.5 acres fronting Massillon Road — has been named The Grove. The multifamily residential development on 12 acres of the eastern half of the development district has been named The Grove Villas of Green.
The dual project covers 23.42 acres on the east side of Massillon Road, south of Graybill Road and is planned for 3995-4015 Massillon Road.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Commission, with architect Robert Chordar of the board recusing himself, approved modifications to the general development plan Wednesday evening. The change will increase the number of residential units to 180 single- and two-bedroom apartments as opposed to 48 town homes.
Terry Bailey, representing Foremost Development Corp. of Michigan, said the company hopes construction on the dual project could be underway by this fall and be completed by late 2015 or early 2016.
Foremost’s proposed residential portion would be located behind the proposed commercial complex, which would be fronting Massillon Road just south of the Jeff Evans Insurance Agency.
Bailey estimated cost of the residential project at $20 million.
Cindy Williams, of Green Project Development Co., said the commercial complex estimate was between $20 million to $25 million for a single-story, 8,500-square-foot restaurant; a 42,000-square-foot, three-story restaurant/office building and a second three-story building with a drive-thru facility to the east.
A future three-story office building is shown farther east in the project’s plans but isn’t included in the latest cost estimate, Williams said after the meeting.
Projections for The Grove indicate a break-out of 14,000 square feet of retail space, 70,000 square feet of general office space, 14,000 square feet for medical offices and 22,500 square feet of restaurant space.
Williams said both developers plan to follow the same construction schedule once all approvals have been provided.
Bailey said his plan targets professionals ages 50 and older. He said families also would be welcome. He said activity/recreation areas would be provided in each residential pod.
In other action, the commission gave conditional approval to an expansion of 47 parking spots for additional vehicle inventory directly west of the rear edge of the current inventory parking at the Fred Martin Nissan car dealership on South Arlington Road.
Commissioners questioned the lack of a fence around a retention/water quality pond on the west, but city Planning Director Wayne Wiethe said the responsibility would rest with the dealership.
At the start of the planners’ first meeting of 2014, Dwight Yoder was elected chairman; John Beese was chosen vice chairman.