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ODOT asks Medina Council for Route 18 zoning moratorium

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MEDINA — The Ohio Department of Transportation has requested City Council draft a resolution regarding zoning that could potentially affect the planned widening of state Route 18.

ODOT has asked the city to declare a moratorium on enforcement of zoning requirements of property owners located within the city borders along the area being redeveloped. The project will extend from Woodland Drive in the city east to Nettleton Road in Medina and Montville townships. ODOT is beginning the right-of-way acquisition phase of the project.

“They are getting started with their property acquisitions, the right-of-way purchases, which is a good thing,” City Engineer Pat Patton said. “That means the project is getting pushed forward.”

Patton said he believes it will still a couple years before construction will begin.

“What this ordinance, in their mind, would do is when they go out and start negotiating with property owners, if (the property owners) lose some of their property, they will not be in compliance to their zoning requirements,” Patton said.

The resolution would guarantee property owners in the city will not be held responsible for any potential zoning requirements, such as reduced setbacks, that may develop as a result of ODOT acquiring the necessary property for the project.

ODOT estimates the overall cost of the project to be $31.8 million, which includes the design, right-of-way acquisition and construction.

The project will widen and reconstruct 2.13 miles of Route 18 from west of Alber Drive to Nettleton. A 10-foot multi-use path will be constructed on the south side of Route 18 from Woodland Drive to Nettleton Road.

Also, a new structure over the west branch of the Rocky River will be constructed for the multi-use path.

New storm drains and traffic signals will also be installed, which involves acquisition of additional right-of-way along Route 18, River Styx Road and Foote Road.

“As (the plans) show now, the physical land taking won’t create any substandard setback conditions,” Community Development Director Jonathan Mendel said.

Patton said the widening won’t take place until 500 or 1,000 feet of Foote Road can be acquired.

Then, they’ll be two lanes of traffic in each direction.

“There’s not much widening inside the city,” Patton said. “It’s more reconstruction.”

City Law Director Greg Huber will review the language of the resolution. Council will act on it at a later date.

“ODOT still doesn’t have full funding for this,” Patton said.

He said it has the funds for preliminary engineering, right-of-way and final engineering. However, ODOT has yet to come up with funding for construction, he said.

In other news

  • The Medina Community Recreation Center has found a sponsor to pay for its yearly membership cards. Jamie Powers Real Estate, of Howard Hanna, has paid $2,000 to have her picture on the back of the cards. About 1,000 cards will be printed up.
  • The Kiwanis Club of Medina wants to install a security camera at the 9/11 Memorial at Medina Fire Station 1, 300 W. Reagan Parkway, in lieu of what happened at the York Township’s Gold Star monuments. “We want to protect it,” Medina Mayor Dennis Hanwell said of the 9/11 Memorial.
    The cameras are expected to cost about $8,000 or $9,000, Hanwell said.
    The York monuments were vandalized recently.
    It was on March 20 when a resident visiting the York Township Community Park discovered the damage and alerted township officials.
    The base of the monument dedicated to the U.S. Army was ripped out of the ground and is no longer attached to a large marble foundation slab. The base had been lifted out of the ground and the main stone had been chipped.
Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.


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