Ted Swaldo said if he gets city approval, he’d expect to break ground in 180 days and open a year after that.
Guess what’s on the agenda for the city of Green’s Planning & Zoning Commission’s Wednesday meeting? Item 13-23 is listed as “Gervasi/Belden Lodge” and the location is 5430 Massillon Road.
So what’s up? Ted Swaldo, who opened Gervasi Vineyard and Italian Bistro 31⁄2 years ago on 55th Street NE in Canton, says he’s made an offer on a 10-acre property in the middle of a larger plot planned as a park by the city of Green.
“In the middle of that land, there’s an existing 16,000-square-foot, three-story home that looks like a lodge,” Swaldo explained. “Green bought it all in 2005 or 2006 but they haven’t done anything with it yet. They’ve been trying to sell this property so I made an offer to purchase the 10 acres and put a restaurant and winery in the building. It’s right in the middle of the larger property so we’d have to build a 1,000-foot road to it.”
Swaldo said if it gets city approval, he’d expect to break ground in 180 days and open a year after that.
“The place was built in ’96 or ’97 and it’s wood-stained cedar. The whole back is glass,” he said. “And it looks into the park and a couple of lakes. It’s beautiful.”
CORPORATE MOVES KEEP ARMSTRONG BUSY
Carl Campbell’s Armstrong Relocation & Companies outgrew the Jackson Township warehouse where it had been for 11 years. So a week and a half ago, Campbell, president, owner and equity partner, moved the operation into the former Meter Devices facility in Canton Township’s Canton Industrial Park - Shepler Church complex.
“With the sustained growth we’ve had and the opportunities we see in the forecast, we thought it would be a good time for us to move. And we saw no reason to move out of Stark County. With the Pilot truck stop being built at the old Gulliver’s and being close to our vendors like Kenworth and International Truck Sales, it just seemed right,” Campbell explained.
The move bumped them up from 35,000 square feet to nearly 70,000.
Campbell was familiar with the Meter Devices building, which had been vacant for two years, because his company moved that operation to Farmington Hills, Mich., when it was acquired by the Brooks Utility Group.
One of 25 companies in the national Armstrong Group, Campbell’s business is the largest agent for United Van Lines.
His regular staff of 45 sometimes ramps up to 60 or 70 during the busy summer moving season.
“We specialize in corporate relocation programs and commercial office moving,” Campbell, a Central Catholic High School graduate, said, adding, “We handle moving programs for clients like Aultman, Mercy, Emergency Medicine Physicians and Powell Electric.”
WHAT ARE THE CHANCES?
Page 2 of 2 - Two weeks ago, former North Canton resident Grace Young was featured in Boldface. The 20-year-old ocean engineering major at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was named one of this year’s Glamour magazine Top 10 College Women.
What are the chances that another former Stark Countian would make his debut in the same April issue of the magazine?
Theodore Leaf, a 2002 Hoover High School graduate, is the son of Kathie Leaf Bordner of Doreen Leaf Designs in Hartville. Today, Theodore is the lead hair designer on NBC’s “Fashion Star.” His Glamour debut was as a contributing editor.
A QUIET PLACE MEETS SPECIAL NEEDS
Local artist Jimmie Bowman knows his autistic son’s need for quiet, low-stimulation settings. That is why, after his Saturday grand opening of Medusa’s Stone Cold Style hair salon at 2026 Fulton Road NW, Bowman is planning a monthly sensory night from 4:30 p.m. to closing for special-needs customers like his son. “There will be no music, no hairdryers making noise, just quiet,” he said.
Medusa’s is definitely funky, punky and edgy.
“Think mohawks and pink hair created by tattooed and pierced stylists,” enthused one fan. Henna tattoos will be featured.
Some of Bowman’s paintings already are on display and he plans to exhibit the works of other local artists on a rotating basis.
There are a number of consignors up in arms about the recent unannounced closing of A Pickers Exchange consignment shop on Cleveland Avenue NW in Lake Township. They say the owner abruptly vacated the store about a week and a half ago and left no forwarding information. Canton resident Ian Robinson says he consigned “numerous miscellaneous antiques including a $600 metal pedal car” that he wants returned.