A new design for the former Tam O'Shanter golf course property designates more space for Jackson Township parks.
Plans for redeveloping the former Tam O'Shanter golf course are taking shape, although developers aren't revealing what retail operations might be coming to the site.
The Stark County Regional Planning Commission on Tuesday reviewed a design plan for the development, which is being called the Greens at Belden.
Tam O'Shanter closed in November after 80 years. The owners are selling 62 acres along Fulton Drive NW toward the Everhard Road NW intersection, land will be used for commercial development. Another 200-plus acres will be used as park space by Stark Parks and Jackson Township.
The updated design sets aside about 40 acres that will be used to create athletics fields for Jackson parks. The golf course owners are donating 20 acres and Jackson Township will buy the additional acreage.
Most of the land the township is getting is toward the center and eastern side of the 36-hole course. It will serve as a buffer between the commercial area and the land Stark Parks will use.
Stark Parks is using property that borders Hills and Dales Road NW. The parks district has marked three temporary trails on the former golf course. Snow fence sets the boundaries between Stark Parks, the land designated for Jackson Township and the commercial property.
ABC Development, based in Medina, is working with the property owners to find tenants for the commercial area. Bob Acciarri, a partner and director of development for ABC, said potential tenants could be announced in early spring.
Plans are to divide the commercial section into seven lots, with a new street splitting the property. A single lot covering about 21.7 acres will be on the east side of the street, while six lots — one 13.9 acres and one 14 acres — sit between the new street and the intersection of Everhard Road and Fulton Drive NW.
The proposed street, currently named Belden Greens Circle NW, would extend south from Fulton Drive NW toward the Jackson parks property. Plans are for the road to end at the park. The planning commission approved variances allowing the proposed road to end, instead of requiring extending it through Stark Parks property to Hills and Dales Road NW.
Stark Parks is buying the bulk of the Tam O'Shanter property, about 200 acres, using grants totaling $6.64 million from the Clean Ohio Trail Fund through the Natural Resources Advisory Committee. The county parks district has purchased one tract on the west side of the course. It is leasing a second tract until the grant money is formally approved.
County park district and Jackson township officials plan to work on a master plan for developing the different parks. Stark Parks plans to have a series of meetings to get ideas and learn how residents would like to see the property used. Officials hope a master plan for developing the land can be finalized during the summer.
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