Summit County Council recently awarded Mannik & Smith Group a professional design services agreement in the amount of $196,095 for improvements to South Arlington Road. It is estimated the project will cost $1 million to complete. Plans call for the resurfacing of 1.3 miles of South Arlington Road from Killian Road to Krumroy Road. In addition to the resurfacing, a left-turn lane will be added at Warner Road, sidewalks with ramps will be installed along the stretch and an interconnected traffic signal system will be installed.
“Design plans for the project are expected to get under way this month and should be presented in a couple of months,” said Heidi Swindell, Summit County government affairs liaison.
Construction is expected to get under way during the spring of 2014. Traffic counts are being conducted throughout the stretch.
Winery planned for former lodge
New life soon may be on the way for the Belden Lodge in Southgate Park in Green. Plans call for the lodge and adjacent 8.71 acres on Massillon Road to be sold to Table for Life, LLC for development of a restaurant, banquet center and winery. Service Director Randy Monteith told council that the city has a $600,000 purchase agreement to sell the property and lodge to Table for Life, LLC.
Table for Life, LLC is owned by several investors, including chef Kent Welsh and his wife Saren, who formerly operated The Table in Millersburg. The location in Millersburg has since closed in preparation for the future development in Green.
Vision for the project includes a banquet and wedding facility, producing retail product lines, gourmet catering, an on-site winery, nutritional consulting for families, gourmet cooking classes and an on-site community learning center to promote the skills of urban farming.
Once the property is transferred, renovations are expected to take six months. The Belden Lodge was acquired by the city in 2006. Since then the property has not been usable due to the lack of compliance with fire and other codes. Cost to renovate the property for public use would cost the city an estimated $1 million.
Council is expected to vote on the sale at its next meeting Jan. 8.
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