|Planning commission OKs road for Troy Twp. business park|
|Written by ALEX ASPACHER Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Wednesday, 07 August 2013 09:46|
Wood County Planning Commission approved the designation a new road at a Troy Township business park to serve a planned Home Depot distribution center and other future tenants.
The distribution center is planned near the southwest corner of U.S. 20 and Pemberville Road beginning in August. The commission approved the right-of-way dedication for what will become Eastwood Drive and additional dedication along Pemberville Road to the east of the lot.
Home Depot will pay for construction of the road, to be named Eastwood Drive, which will allow for easier development of the remaining portion of the site. The 1.6 million square-foot facility will occupy about 160 acres of the 448-acre lot, with public road access making it easier to market plots to smaller companies more likely to purchase them.
The board also approved the final phase of Emerald Lakes, a Perrysburg Township subdivision and rezoning of lots in the Noble Addition of Lake Township for relocation of a home improvement business.
The fourth phase of Emerald Lakes, located just south of Eckel Junction Road to the east of Interstate 75, will consist of 19 additional homes. The neighborhood was granted preliminary approval in 2004.
Michelle Scaggs requested lots at the intersection of Walbridge, Woodville and Matthews roads in Lake Township be rezoned from neighborhood business to highway business to locate a home improvement business on the parcel. A residence currently stands on the property, which Scaggs said was already in violation of zoning for many years before she purchased it.
The area stands where there is a transition from business to residential, and the commission voted to recommend adjusting a portion to highway-business zoning while changing two lots to the south where the house stands to residential.
Scaggs said the business will consist of office space, not trucks and inventory. Access will be via a drive to Woodville Road.
Also approved Tuesday was a minor change to the Middleton Township zoning resolution allowing for electronic reader signs and message boards in the Ohio 25/Ohio 582 overlay zone.
Toward the end of the meeting, members discussed whether it's necessary to hire another employee for the planning commission office.
Director Dave Steiner previously requested a part-time staff member and was asked to first see whether using staff in the Wood County Commissioners' office for items such as correspondence could reduce the workload. Steiner said he hadn't used the option much in the last six months but agreed to do so more in an expanded trial effort.
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