George W. Davis

GREEN: A commercial-retail-housing concept plan estimated to cost $46 million to $51 million is drawing fire from some residents.

A 90-minute public hearing this week revealed more details on the joint venture and strong opposition from a few others during discussion of a concept plan for restaurants, retail and offices on the east side of Massillon Road and a 180-apartment complex at the east end of the 23-acre planned development site.

Council is expected to vote on the amendment at its April 14 meeting.

A commercial phase would face Massillon Road and nearly 50 townhouses would be built on the eastern edge of the site.

Developers Cindy Williams of Green Development and Terry Bailey of Foremost Development of Birmingham, Mich., are seeking approval amending the initial concept with townhouses to be multilevel. The rental units would range from one-bedroom, 655-square-foot units to 970-square-foot, two-bedroom units. The smaller units would cost $975 monthly while the others would be $1,275.

Williams, who is developing the commercial-retail complex, expects to have a national brand stand-alone, 8,500-square-foot restaurant along with two 42,000-square-foot, three-story restaurant-retail-office facilities, with offices on the second and third floors.

She estimated her project at $25 million to $30 million, while Bailey estimated his housing plan at $21 million.

Brothers Russell and Jack Thompson, who were raised on the 11-acre site where the apartment complex is planned, voiced opposition.

Russell Thompson, whose home is on Burgess Drive, said the plan would create “a ghetto or what appears to be a ghetto.”

“I really dislike the idea of this high, high density of families in this extremely small space. From a practical standpoint it is going to affect me a tremendous amount.”

Ward 4 Councilman “Skip” Summerville, who chaired the hearing, urged the brothers to get together with the developer and talk.

“For every person who doesn’t want progress here and doesn’t want this type of density, I probably have heard from 10 people who want this type of project here,” Summerville said.

Resident Mary Ann Schoup of Raber Road questioned the affordability.

“The average seniors I know in Green cannot afford to commit to an ultra-luxury apartment. We don’t want our whole income going for rent and utilities; we won’t have nothing left,” she said.

Donna Metzger of Graybill Road would like a traffic light installed at Graybill and Mayfair roads to help with traffic once the project is completed.

Planning Director Wayne Wiethe said a roundabout is to be built on Graybill to handle traffic from the planned developments on either side of the roadway.

Kris Brenneman, whose Graybill Road home is east of the development, questioned calling the apartments ultra-luxury units, considering their size.

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