The uptick in business development in Boardman just keeps going.
“If folks are going to the expense to renovate or build new in Boardman, it speaks volumes, I think, on where the economy is starting to head,” said Trustee Thomas Costello.
The most recent addition is a new retail plaza owned by Chuck Whitman of CTW Development located in front of the Astre Total Fitness & Rehab building on U.S. Route 224, across from Boardman Park.
“Leases are being formulated, and an announcement is coming in the future,” Whitman said.
Zoning Inspector Anna Mamone said all permits have been issued for the plaza, which is expected to have five stores. The plaza’s address will be 362 Boardman- Poland Road, and the project is valued at $728,000, but Mamone said that likely will increase.
This comes on the heels of the announcement of plans for a new hotel on Tiffany Boulevard, expansion of the St. Elizabeth Health Center in Boardman and several other projects, including Cheddar’s Casual Cafe at U.S. Route 224 and Market Street and a new 2,200-square-foot Dunkin’ Donuts at 748 Boardman-Canfield Road, just west of Antone’s Restaurant.
“It certainly appears over the last several months business growth has started again. ...Boardman is the center of shopping, dining and entertainment for the Valley, and this is where the businesses know the people will be,” Costello said.
He also lauded new businesses going into older buildings, such as Aces Fire Grill & Bar, which opened at 1738 Boardman-Poland Road, the former Lone Star; and Cafe 422 (a second location for the original in Warren), which is set to open in the former Rusty’s Southside Grill on South Avenue.
“There was an empty structure that has been put back to good use, and that makes us very happy,” Costello said.
He added that the township works to be business-friendly, especially the zoning and fire prevention offices that enforce development regulations.
“The businesses have to follow the rules, and we try to make it so they understand what they can and can’t do, so they accomplish their goals, and it’s a win-win for everybody,” Costello said.