For the second time in six months, trustees on Wednesday voted against a zoning change that would have permitted single-story, single-family attached apartments to be built on the 23.75 acres south of Portage Street NW and east of Wales Avenue NW.
Residents won’t be seeing apartments at the southeast corner of Portage Street NW and Wales Avenue NW.
For the second time in six months, trustees Wednesday voted against a zoning change that would have permitted single-story, single-family attached apartments to be built on the 23.75 acres south of Portage Street NW and east of Wales Avenue NW.
Both the Stark County Regional Planning Commission and the Jackson Township Zoning Commission recommended the trustees deny the zoning amendment, citing traffic concerns.
Redwood Acquisition, a developer with offices in Beachwood, wanted to build 99 two-bedroom, two-bathroom units that would have rented for about $1,250 a month.
Luke Frazier, marketing director for Redwood, played a video that highlighted the “classy” features of the apartments, such as the granite counter tops and master bedrooms. “These are apartments for people who don’t live in apartments,” Frazier said.
But homeowners who reside near the proposed apartments filled Township Hall during Wednesday’s public hearing, voicing concerns about increased traffic, upped density, decreased property values and safety.
Trustees President James Walters said that because of the current zoning, a developer could decide to put a strip mall on that plot without first asking residents what they think.
Walters said the question he found himself asking was whether the single-family apartments were the best offer the township was going to get for the land. “At one point or another, something is going to be built on this property,” he told residents.
Trustees Todd Hawke and John Pizzino said they had concerns about the developer being able to adequately buffer the apartments.
Hawke said, as a homeowner, he could see both sides of the argument. “I certainly don’t want a strip mall behind my house, either,” he said.
Wednesday marked the second time the proposed apartments went up for a vote before the trustees. In April, trustees denied a request to rezone the area to multifamily residential because of density issues.
Representatives of Redwood Acquisition declined to comment on the zoning decision following the meeting.
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