Poland council awaits ruling on seniors complex

By Ashley Luthern



Village council is awaiting a ruling from the board of zoning appeals before making a recommendation on the construction of a proposed 51-unit independent senior-living complex.

Councilman Robert Limmer said the board has 30 days from its Jan. 24 public hearing to make a decision about two variances at 233 W. McKinley Way (U.S. Route 224) relating to building height and footprint.

Developer Miller- Valentine Group of Cincinnati has proposed a 16,000 square-foot building, when the code limit is 8,000 square feet, to be placed directly to the west of the Poland post office.

Residents would be age 55 or older and meet income requirements of less than 60 percent of adjusted annual median income, or about $30,000 or less a year, according to Vindicator files. Miller- Valentine also had planned to apply for federal tax credits to build the complex, but Limmer noted the Feb. 4 deadline has passed.

The developer had asked for a supporting letter from the mayor and council to include with the federal tax-credit application, but both are waiting until the board of zoning appeals makes a decision. The board has yet to set its next meeting.

In other business Tuesday, council heard from village resident Ralph Mentzer, who said the new traffic light at Route 224 and Pennsylvania Avenue was missing a left-turn signal for westbound traffic turning from Route 224 into the post office.

“In the grant, a turn arrow was planned before the light turned green to allow several cars to turn into the post office,” Mentzer said.

Mentzer helped write the grant for the project and said he has informed the village’s engineer, who confirmed that the signal was in original plans and is discussing the problem with the Ohio Department of Transportation District. ODOT installed the light, but the village will maintain it.

“We feel we are right, and before the village is asked to take over, the light should be taken care of,” Mentzer said.

In 2009, the village secured 100 percent federal funding for the $198,000 traffic light project through Eastgate Regional Council of Governments.

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