Hearing set for proposed apartment complex

By Ashley Luthern



A proposed apartment complex, which has raised concerns from many nearby residents, will go before the township’s board of zoning appeals next week.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. Jan. 15 at township hall to hear more about Dougherty Construction’s plan to build eight six-plex apartment buildings at the end of Brandon Avenue, which is off Sheridan Road.

Zoning Inspector Anna Mamone said the project is split into two phases. The first would be construction of two buildings, and if those fill up with renters, then construction would begin on the remaining six.

“Site prep work can be done, but nothing can be built until a permit is issued,” she said.

A board of zoning appeals hearing about the project was set for last summer but was postponed because the project did not meet state fire and building codes.

“We require that they have sufficient water supply. They need to have a minimum of 1,500 gallons a minute for two hours. They weren’t able to provide that by just extending the water line back there,” said Boardman Fire Lt. Jim McCreary.

Fire officials have accepted the developer’s proposed solution to dig a lake on the property and to install a pump near the lake bottom to draw water into a water line, McCreary said.

“It will be typical of what you find in normal public domestic water supply, and they will install fire hydrants on that line,” he said. “...They’ll draw water out far enough under the surface [of the lake] that it won’t freeze.”

Mamone said notices were sent out to all abutting property owners and other residents who requested to be kept informed about this project.

Brandon Avenue resident Mike Bury said he, his neighbors and residents on nearby streets plan to attend the hearing.

“There are a lot of safety issues from what I understand,” said Bury, who opposes the project.

Bury’s main concern is that Brandon Avenue is only about 15 feet wide where it ends, but the new private drive, Brandon Court, that will connect it with the apartments is expected to be 24 feet wide.

“As far as I know, there are no plans to widen Brandon Avenue. There will be a lot of traffic going in and out, in addition to safety vehicles that would have to go in there and turn around,” he said.

There is no requirement to match the private drive with that of an existing road, officials have said.

Past plans to develop the area at the end of Brandon Avenue have failed and were largely opposed by residents, according to Vindicator files.

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