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Trustees reduce speed limit and hear on Meijer zone change request

February 5, 2020
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Trustees heard concerns of Lockwood Boulevard residents who were concerned about Meijer placing a gas station at the corner of Lockwood and Tippecanoe Road. Such a business would require a zone change from business and residential to commercial.

"The residents did not want the zone change from business and residential to commercial," said Marilyn Sferra Kenner, P.E., Boardman Township Road Superintendent. "Their concern is that the zone change may make it easier to continue the commercial zoning in the future in a residential neighborhood."

The Boardman Zoning Commissioner had heard the zone change request and has turned it down. The request will now go to a public hearing then will be up to township trustees to deny or approve the zone change.

"The next step is for the Trustees to set a public hearing regarding the zone change request," Kenner said. "Meijer's has requested that the hearing be delayed."

The gas station is a separate project from the Meijer store planned for the other side of the Lockwood, U.S. 224 area. That project, according to Kenner, had deed restrictions that did not allow for a gas station. As for the store, that may be starting soon.

"Boardman Zoning did not issue a zoning permit yet for the building," Kenner said. "Meijer's has informed us that they will be breaking ground soon."

On a different issue at the Jan. 27 township meeting, trustees approved a speed limit reduction for Applewood Boulevard. Back in October, residents attending a township meeting to complain about speeding on Applewood. They requested a reduction and put together the needed petition.

"The Trustees received a petition from over 51 percent of the property owners along Applewood Boulevard requesting the speed limit reduction," Kenner said.

The speed was reduced to 25 miles per hour and will now be up to the police department to insure it is enforced. The reduction will be for Applewood between Kentwood Drive and Oakridge Drive.



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