MACEDONIA — The city is moving ahead with plans to create a “right in, right out” access road along state Route 8 into the Crossings at Golden Link shopping center.

City Council has authorized the mayor to enter into a cooperative agreement with Northfield Center Township relative to the project and associated assessment process.

Council also authorized the city engineer to prepare plans, specifications, profiles and an estimated cost for the project.

The access road has been discussed for several years, and would eliminate some of the congestion at the shopping center’s access points on state Route 82.

The road will be situated between Culver’s restaurant, which is nearing completion north of the Great Escape, and Chipotle Mexican Grill. That is about 770 feet south of Route 82.

City Engineer Joe Gigliotti said the estimated cost of the project is not known yet, but it will be funded by assessing property owners/tenants in the shopping center. No city or state funds are expected to be used.

Former Mayor Joseph Migliorini said previously the city had talked about a curb cut off Route 8 when the shopping center was first developed. The center opened in 2004.

Mayor Nick Molnar said the cooperative agreement is necessary because the project is in the Macedonia-Northfield Center Joint Economic District.

Most of the Golden Link businesses are in the township, except for Chick-fil-A, Chipotle, Culver’s and the Great Escape.

City officials said there is no timeline for the project to start, but they hope it will get under way this year. The JEDD board must sign off on the agreement before the project can move forward.

 

Reporter Ken Lahmers can be reached at 330-541-9400, ext. 4189 or klahmers@recordpub.com.