The Canton Community Improvement Corp. is transferring a half-acre property near Crenshaw Park to SARTA for use as its compressed natural gas filling station. The parkland has been unused for about 25 years.
The Canton Community Improvement Corp. is transferring a sliver of land at Crenshaw Park to SARTA for use at its compressed natural gas filling station.
The half-acre of parkland has been unused for about 25 years and abuts the Stark Area Regional Transit Authority site, said Warren Price, the city’s service director.
The land is part of a five-acre triangular chunk donated to the city by a corporate entity in the 1980s, he said. Most of the property is wetlands, Price said. The entire property is not actively used by the park system, he said.
The rest of the five acres, including the wetlands, will not be affected and will remain with the city park system, Price said. The use of the half-acre involves parking.
City Council previously approved legislation allowing the service director to transfer the city-owned property to the CIC. The CIC voted unanimously Wednesday to transfer the land to SARTA.
The SARTA compressed natural gas facility, near the Edward L. “Peel” Coleman Community Center on Sherrick Road SE, opened in the spring.
SARTA powers some of its buses with compressed natural gas, a move aimed at cost savings.
The CIC went into private session to discuss the potential sale of the former Ford Motor Co. property on Georgetown Street NE. State law allows the CIC to discuss real estate negotiations behind closed doors.
“We have been approached by folks, some individuals or entities that have expressed some interest in perhaps purchasing the property in its undeveloped state,” Price said after the meeting.
The CIC “is weighing its options,” he said.
City officials had planned to develop the former Ford property for industrial use. However, the project was twice denied a grant through the Ohio Department of Development’s Job Ready Sites Program.
About $3 million is needed to provide utilities and infrastructure for the roughly 90-acre site, including electric and railroad line spurs.