Construction could start sometime next year.
By JOHN W. GOODWIN, JR.
VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER
WARREN -- The Trumbull County Planning Commission has approved preliminary plans for a Wal-Mart Supercenter to be built in Bazetta Township.
Alan Knapp, planning commission director, said the plans, which were presented to the commission by KS Associated Inc. of Elyria, show where the store will be built and how it will be constructed.
As a condition of approval, the planning commission added several stipulations to the plans:
UA wetlands permit must be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a national pollutant discharge elimination system permit must be obtained from the Environmental Protection Agency before any earth moving activity.
USurvey points must be placed at all intersections, points of change in alignment and at the end of the street on which the new store will sit. The pavement must be designed for commercial traffic and all culverts under the roadway must be reinforced concrete pipe.
UThe developer must contact the Trumbull County Engineer, the Trumbull County Sanitary Engineer and Bazetta Township Zoning before any construction can begin.
Knapp said once the conditions have been met, the bidding process can begin. The county's plats and zoning committee approved the plans last week.
Joseph Morbitzer, KS Associates, said the company is looking to begin the bidding process in October and start construction sometime early next year.
The supercenter store will be a replacement of an existing Wal-Mart store in the same area. Morbitzer said the new store will be roughly 11/2 times the size of the current store and will include a grocery store.
The supercenter will be on a 29-acre parcel of industrial zoned land that is part of an existing 90-acre parcel that extends west from Millennium Boulevard to Mosquito Creek. About 48 acres will be used for wetland mitigation and preservation, Morbitzer said.
The 203,819-square-foot facility will offer a seasonal garden center, lube/tire center, 1,010 parking spaces and other amenities. There will be about one acre set aside for a gas station on the property.
Morbitzer told members of the planning commission that Wal-Mart would be attempting to sell the existing building after the new building is completed.