Cuyahoga Falls -- City Council on Dec. 12 unanimously approved granting Menards Inc. an extension on its construction project at 75 Graham Road.
The approval of the extension makes the Menards site plan approval valid until Jan. 1, 2018, according to the city. Council also approved the amended community reinvestment agreement that also reflects the extended timeframe for the start of the project. The project was scheduled to start May 1, 2017 and be finished May 1, 2018.
With Council's approval, the month of May (and the date) has been removed from the language in the CRA legislation and state construction will begin in 2017 and end in 2018.
Diane Sheridan, the city's director of community development, said the city entered into a CRA (tax break agreement) with Menards in 2014 granting a 50 percent,10-year abatement of property taxes.
Thomas O'Neil, a real estate representative for Menards, told Council Dec. 5 he does not have a specific date on when the project would start, only saying it is expected to start in 2017 and be finished sometime in 2018.
O'Neil also said trees in the area will be coming down in early 2017 to meet Federal EPA requirements regarding an endangered species known as the Indiana Bat.
Menards is planning to build a a 172,740 square foot heated retail building with 27,260 square feet of unheated overhang space and a 46,780 square foot unheated warehouse.
Council OKs funding for dispatch center project
Council also on Dec. 12 approved its fiscal year 2017 budget, which includes $1 million set aside to join a proposed Council of Governments for a regional dispatch center.
During the Nov. 28 meeting of City Council's Finance Committee, Bryan Hoffman, the city's finance director, said he budgeted the money as a "place-holder" for membership in the COG. Hoffman said it is an estimate of the total cost to be a part of it.