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Zoning committee approves Wal-Mart



Published: Wed, August 3, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



A traffic signal at the Supercenter could ease traffic concerns.

WARREN -- Sizable construction projects in both Bazetta and Liberty townships received preliminary plan approval Tuesday from Trumbull County's plats and zoning committee.

In Bazetta, Wal-Mart plans a Supercenter off the Warren Outerbelt and Elm Road; Forest City Land Group of Cleveland is creating 31 more upscale single-family residential lots in Phase 5 of Kline's Farm off Belmont Avenue.

Issues of roads, sanitary sewers and stormwater management were discussed Tuesday, along with a traffic concern at the Wal-Mart site.

Supercenter plans

Wal-Mart's engineer, KS Associates Inc. of Elyria, filed a detailed site plan showing that the 203,819-square-foot facility would offer a grocery, seasonal garden center, gas station, lube/tire center and other amenities.

David Dubiaga, a county planner, told the committee that Wal-Mart's developer has contacted the Ohio Department of Transportation about the possibility of placing a traffic signal at the Supercenter entrance at Millennium Drive. That's north of Hoagland Blackstub Road, where there's already a light. The traffic signals would need to be timed so that traffic does not back up, the planners noted.

The site, which would be on an extension of Millennium off of Elm Road, already has Warren water and a Trumbull County sewer.

The Supercenter would be on a 29-acre parcel of industrial zoned land (which permits commercial uses) that is part of an existing 90-acre parcel that extends west from Millennium Boulevard to Mosquito Creek. A portion of this will be used for wetland mitigation and preservation of a 48-acre conservation easement.

Next Tuesday, the full county planning commission receives the plans and could vote on their approval. Construction could begin in 2006.

Kline's Farm lots

In Liberty, the 31 proposed lots at Kline's Farm would have frontages ranging from 75 to 130 feet, with the majority being 95 feet. Lot depths extend from 170 to 190 feet, and lot areas from 11,760 to 24,000 square feet.

Dunn Drive will be extended 825 feet to serve these lots, off which a cul-de-sac street known as Dennison Court will be extended an additional 800 feet.

Two areas for storm water detention will be located on an adjacent 21-acre parcel, which also will provide wetlands preservation and open space within the development.

Work began in 2000 on the first phase of the 384-acre Kline's Farm project on the east side of Belmont between Tibbetts Wick and Crew Hood roads. Forest City Land Group announced construction of 1,400 housing units at Kline's Farm on 226 of the acres. The houses range in size between 2,200 and 3,000 square feet.

Forest City and the Edward J. DeBartolo Corp. extended a 21-inch sewer line along Belmont to service the area.




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