Developer details plans
for former Sea World land
Pulte Homes representatives outlined plans last week for the commercial and parks portions of the proposed mixed-use development on 245 acres of former Sea World/Wildwater Kingdom land north of Treat Road.
At the planning commission’s meeting, Dan Neff of Neff & Associates said Pulte hopes to attract medical offices and light retail businesses to the two proposed commercial parcels totaling 20.7 acres.
One parcel is south of Liberty Ford on the northeast corner of Route 43 and Treat, and the other is north of Liberty Ford and in between the western proposed housing portion of the property and the dealership.
Neff said the light commercial businesses are planned for the southern parcel since the visibility to the public is greater there. He stressed there could be one building or more for small businesses, but no “big-box” structures.
The medical offices are planned for the northern commercial parcel, which Neff said would be a quieter use for land adjacent to the new homes. He stressed the planned medical building would not be a large-scale facility like a hospital.
Ward 5 candidate
A new Republican candidate for Ward 5 City Council has been selected.
The Summit County Republican Party’s Precinct Committee for Cuyahoga Falls Ward 5 on Saturday unanimously approved appointing Nicole L. Lucas to run against Democrat incumbent Mike Brillhart in the Ward 5 council race.
Lucas replaces Nathan Leaver, who withdrew from the race “due to personal reasons,” according to a letter Leaver submitted to the Summit County Board of Elections.
The deadline for independent candidates to file in the race has passed. The deadline for write-in candidates is Aug. 26.
The election for Cuyahoga Falls City Council seats and many other local races is Nov. 5.
not picked for project
Two U.S. Department of Agriculture agencies will not relocate to the area, despite local officials’ recent attempts to attract them.
Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced that Kansas City has been chosen as the new headquarters of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the Economic Research Service.
In March, the USDA announced six locations in Northeast Ohio were among 67 being considered for the future home of the agencies. That number was reduced from the initial 136 bids.
Area towns vying for the offices included Akron, Streetsboro, Brimfield Township, Middlefield, Twinsburg, and a location in Geauga County.
School, athletic projects
continue on schedule
Work is continuing this summer on the construction of two new school buildings, a new field house and stadium, and the demolition of the former middle school and Munroe Elementary School in the Tallmadge school district.
The new middle school “will be turned over to us the first week of August,” said Steve Wood, chief operations officer.
The first day for students is Aug. 26.
On June 10, asbestos abatement on the old middle school started, Wood said during a June 18 construction site tour.
The elementary school building “is under roof now,” Wood said.
“There’s still a lot of work to do,” he added. “The building is taking shape, and we still are on target to have the building turned over to us in December.”
Students are tentatively scheduled to move into the new school in January, Wood said.
The athletic fields “are about three weeks away from completion,” Wood said.
The athletic facilities on the high school campus will include a 3,500-seat capacity stadium; an eight-lane track; a 7,500-square-foot field house with locker rooms, public restrooms and concessions; and on-site parking. The visitor bleachers and press box at Rossiaky Stadium, which is near the former middle school, will be relocated to the new stadium, which is near the high school.