A Summit Metro Parks official said Wednesday that she’s received several calls from residents concerned about a land sale to the city of Norton. The land is off Eastern Road in the city.
The callers were worried that the $1.26 million agreement to sell about 140 acres involved Silver Creek Park, which is also on Eastern Road in Norton.
Not to worry, said Stephanie Walton, chief of marketing and communications for the park district. Walton said the land sale was unrelated to the park and involved land the district did not intend to develop into a park.
Norton City Council voted Monday to buy the land from Summit Metro Parks, expecting to develop it as an industrial park. City administrator Robert Fowler said on Monday that the city’s been lacking industrial space for expanding and new businesses in the city. Council agreed in a 6-1 vote on the purchase agreement.
“We’ve probably heard from a dozen people who have questions,” Walton said. “We want to make sure people understand the land being sold was never developed as a park.”
Walton said she suspects that many people aren’t aware that the park district owns land that has no future as a Summit County park.