Developer proposes apartments on Colony Park Drive in Tallmadge

City officials say this is fifth site plan for property since 1981

by Holly Schoenstein | reporter Published:

Tallmadge -- An Akron developer is proposing to build multiple apartment buildings at 580 Colony Park Drive, just north of Eastwood Avenue.

The city's Planning and Zoning Commission approved a site plan for five apartment buildings, with eight units in each, earlier this month.

A public hearing on the proposal is scheduled before City Council at 7 p.m. July 10 at City Hall.

John Walsh, of GBC Design Inc., presented the site plan to the Commission. He said Premier Developments, of Uniontown, intends to buy the property owned by Thomas Brown.

The site, consisting of three parcels, is about 5 acres. Two would be developed and one would be left as open space, he said.

Each building would be two stories in the front and three in the back with the lower level a large garage, and each unit would have an assigned parking space in the garage.

The rental units would be 1,100 square feet with two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a washer and dryer. Walsh said the apartment units would rent at the middle or upper price range.

If Council approves the revised site plan, it would be the fifth for this property since 1981, according to city officials.

Most recently, LW Associates Inc. of Ashville, near Columbus, proposed to build a single, multi-story 40-unit apartment building for seniors, but the plans fell through last year after the developer couldn't get the federal senior tax credits it needed to move forward.

Roger Lyons, Tallmadge's code enforcement official, said a similar site plan to the multi-building proposal was approved in 2000. Only one building of eight was built at 550 Colony Park Drive.

"We tried to mirror as much as what was there. It fits the topography of the site; as you come from Colonial down, it drops about 20 or 30 feet so it steps with the existing topography," Walsh said. "Also, there are utilities there, the storm and sanitary [sewers] installed."

The density of the property that's zoned R-5 would not change.

Contact this reporter at 330-541-9428 or hschoenstein@recordpub.com

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