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TRUMBULL COUNTY Panel delays action on plan for Sam's Club



Published: Sat, February 15, 2003 @ 12:00 a.m.



A special meeting is set for Feb. 25.

By DENISE DICK

VINDICATOR TRUMBULL STAFF

WARREN -- The Trumbull County Planning Commission has tabled a resolution dealing with a proposed development near the intersection of state Routes 82 and 46.

Most of the property is in Warren, but a small section, including part of the roadway, is in Howland Township. That's the only portion over which the commission has jurisdiction. The Warren portion is under that city's planning commission.

Howland filed for a temporary restraining order Monday in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court to stop the commission from approving the plat, or survey map of the property that shows easements, rights of way and dedicated streets. A hearing is set for Feb. 21 before Judge John M. Stuard.

On Tuesday, the commission set a special meeting for 9 a.m. Feb. 25 to vote on a resolution approving the plat of property owned by Goldco Inc. of Austintown. The property is part of a larger parcel that is expected to be developed into a Super Sam's Club store.

Warren officials at previous meetings also have mentioned a gas station and a 300-unit upscale apartment complex going into the area.

Cites agreement

Darlene St. George, Howland administrator, said the township and Goldco agreed in 2000 that the company wouldn't seek annexation to Warren as long as the township could provide the same services as the city.

"In November, they sent us a letter that they were going to seek annexation to the city because they are economically disadvantaged by being in the township," she said.

The company hasn't detailed how it's economically disadvantaged, St. George said, adding, "They haven't asked us for anything."

The township is fighting the annexation, St. George said.

Atty. Maureen Richards, who represents the township, said the plat before the commission only requests the dedication of the road to Warren. It doesn't address the portion that's in the township.

Who is paying?

St. George said the township wants to know who's going to pay for improvements to the road.

"Is the property owner going to pay to bring the road up to the standards of the county engineer?" St. George asked.

No plans have been submitted explaining what's going to go on that piece of property, she said.

Warren City Council was asked a few months ago to use $100,000 in Community Development Block Grant money to construct 1,000 feet of the road.

"They were asked to spend $100,000 but there are no plans?" St. George said.

David DeChristofaro, Niles engineer, said his city is concerned about traffic on Route 46 and traffic getting into the Eastwood Mall complex, which provides significant income for the city.

"There's no question that a development of this size needs a traffic study," DeChristofaro said.

Atty. Dan Daniluk, who represents Goldco, pointed out the commission didn't ask for a traffic study for other developments.

"You didn't request traffic studies for any other plats on Route 46," he said. "We're not asking for anything different than anyone else."

dick@vindy.com




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