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2019, good year for Austintown

January 15, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Last week, Austintown Zoning Inspector Darren Crivelli had a chance to look back at 2019. While it wasn't a record breaking year, it was one that showed steady growth in the township.

"Obviously a project like the casino is hard to top," Crivelli said, "but 2019 was a fairly good year."

For 2019, Crivelli's office issued 335 permits for a total valuation $8.6 million. That amount included 15 new homes and a duplex.

"We are running out of lots in our platted sub-divisions," he said. "I think we could have had a higher number of housing permits had we had more available building lots."

Topping the 2019 list of permits were two medical buildings. The first, a $2,447,000 medical building at 1440 South Canfield-Niles Road is under the name D.C.M.D. Holding, LLC. The second is a 64 by 114 foot addition to Akron Children's Hospital, 5480 Norquest Blvd. that came in at $1,260,000. Both projects are expected to be completed in 2020.

One other big project that pulled the permit in 2019 was the car wash at 4429 Kirk Road. Crivelli said the company took down the old six-bay, hand washing facility and is replacing it with a two-bay, fully automatic car wash. The cost of the project is $350,000.

In looking at 2020, Crivelli said he is hoping for a continued steady growth. He said there are still available commercial lots on North Canfield-Niles Road near the racino. He is also hoping to see growth in the western part of the township along the Mahoning Avenue corridor and continued medical and financial buildings on South Canfield-Niles Road.

Crivelli's office continues to receive phone calls on the new Meijer project at the site of the former Fitch High School/AMS building and the former Austintown library location. The former buildings have been demolished and not a lot of activity has taken place.

"Residents continue to call and are looking forward to its coming to the township," Crivelli said. "They only have to submit their storm water plans for the property."

He said the target date is still 2021 as far as he knows. The planned facility would be 195,000 square feet, making it one of the largest stores.

"Other communities are opposing Meijer stores, but Austintown residents are welcoming Meijer with open arms," Crivelli said.

Overall, Crivelli said he would welcome another steady growth year like 2019.



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