Mayfield Heights Council approves tentative plan for water / community center – World

MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio – The City Council approved the preliminary plans for the new water and community center slated for Marsol Road at the current DeJohn Community Center location on Monday (Jan. 10). Getting the thumbs up was a plan for a single-story, 30,733-square-foot building at 6306 Marsol Road.

In front of the building is the city’s new pool and deck, highlighted by a 12-meter-high winding slide. Chris Trotta, founder and chairman of levelHEADS architecture firm, gave his monthly presentation before the vote on Monday, which will update the council on the progress of the plans.

The building will be set up so that it stands between the pool and I-271 to the south. The project, valued at US $ 17 million, includes 160 on-site parking spaces (parking will also be available in the city car park on Marsol Road) and includes three common rooms with natural light, a kitchen and a gym. Once remodeled, the gym can house a main basketball court, or two practice basketball courts, or two volleyball courts, or up to six pickleball courts, within its confines. There will be grandstands for spectators.

A patio will be created at the southern end of the building. At the far east end of the property, where the DeJohn Center now stands, there will be a future service yard (no building built) for the storage of materials by the city’s service department, while at the west end there will be a playground near Marsol Road. The landscaping in the form of a tree buffer zone will stand between the playground and the pool area and the adjacent houses.

According to Trotta’s design, the pool deck will include a zero depth pool, a three-lane leisure pool, a four-lane activity pool, diving boards, a family / mini slide, a climbing wall and space for outdoor volleyball and basketball.

Trotta said a final site map should be submitted for council approval in February.

Councilor Nino Monaco cast the only vote against approving the preliminary plan, stating that the planning committee had recommended a deviation of 130 parking spaces to the city and that the council must take action to approve that deviation before approving the preliminary site plan. On-site parking in combination with parking in the city park includes a total of 293 spaces, compared to the 423 spaces that city regulations would normally require for such a building and recreational attraction.

Mayor Anthony DiCicco disagreed with Monaco, as did Legal Director Paul Murphy. “The city can determine the number of parking spaces we need,” said DiCicco. “The planning commission, together with levelHEADS and our group, we got together and (asked): ‘Do we have enough rooms?’ We have more (with the preliminary plan) than we do now (on site). “Is the parking lot across the street sufficient, along with the parking lot next to the pool, to provide what is needed?” We concluded that ‘yes’. We’re not going to go to the Board of Zoning Appeals to get a deviation because we don’t need it. The city can determine how many parking spaces we need. “

Murphy said the council only voted on the preliminary plan on Monday and did not have to act on a recommendation from the planning commission.

Meanwhile, Councilor Gayle Teresi suggested selling engraved paving stones on the project site as a fundraiser. Speaking of social media posts, Teresi said, “Everyone loves the giant slide (in tentative plan) (and the former grocery store) Catalano’s and Mayland (the mall that is now undergoing a complete renovation) – people have many memories of what Mayfield Heights always has been. I would like to suggest with my colleagues that we run a fundraiser where we sell engraved bricks so that people can give their family names and really have a legacy here.

“I think families who love Mayfield Heights, who are second and third generation living here, I find a great legacy that we could have a sidewalk area to do this,” she said.

Trotta said such an area could be placed at the entrance to the water area or along a hiking trail designed to circling the site.

“I think it would be successful just to know the people who have loved Mayfield Heights for so many years,” said Teresi. “That you want your legacy to continue. With a new project like this, I think it’s a great place to do it. ”At Teresis’ suggestion, no action was taken on Monday but could be taken in the future.

Gates Mills Boulevard Path

Many local residents attended Monday’s meeting, believing that a vote would take place on whether the city council would proceed with contracting engineering firm GPD Group to provide design and construction services for the proposed sidewalk in the median of Gates Mills Boulevard provide. thus accepting a government grant to pay up to 75 percent of the $ 300,000 along the way.

The topic has been discussed a lot in the last few months. Some applaud a pathway that allows residents to safely move around the area and get to know each other better, as there are no sidewalks along the boulevard, while others believe the sidewalk would be “a path to nowhere” that unwanted people in could bring the area and create a security risk and infringe property values.

DiCicco announced shortly before the start of the meeting that it would remove the GPD group item from the agenda so that the city can further evaluate the financial aspects of the project. The project would include a 10 foot wide asphalt path, rainwater improvements, landscape improvements, and a zebra crossing. After the meeting, DiCicco said the legislation will be on the agenda at the next council meeting on January 24th.

DiCicco also encouraged those present on Monday to speak on the matter. In total, on Monday, the council heard from 19 residents speaking in person and another eight who sent letters expressing their views. Of these 27 residents, 22 spoke out in favor of the path.

New business

In his comments at the beginning of the meeting, DiCicco said that a national flooring franchise, Floorz, will soon open in the Golden Gate Shopping Center. Floorz now has stores in Strongsville and Copley.

In addition, Krispy Kreme has selected its general contractor and will shortly begin construction at 6261 Mayfield Road, which was last the address of DiTo’s Bar & Grill and Gaetano’s Italian Restaurant in 2020. The council approved preliminary plans for Krispy Kreme in December 2020.

“In Eastgate (shopping center),” DiCicco continued, “there is a charging station for electric vehicles that is operated by EVgo under construction and should be opening soon. It’s nice to see that we can pass this option on to the residents. “

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