Economic Development

Boardman Trustees OK Rezoning for Meijer

BOARDMAN, Ohio – The Boardman Township Board of Trustees approved the rezoning of 4.3 acres of land where Meijer Stores Ltd. plans to build a new store, media outlets report.

Representatives of the retail chain, based in Grand Rapids, Michigan, attended Monday night’s meeting, during which township trustees approved the zone change.

In June, the township zoning commission recommended against rezoning the 4.3-acre portion of the 38.9-acre site at U.S. Route 224 and Lockwood Boulevard to commercial from single-family residential. Meijer wants to build a $20 million store at the site, which it is purchasing from Mercy Health Youngstown.

Concerns raised by residents at the hearing last month related to traffic, wildlife, pedestrians, biking and children.

Following the zoning meeting last month, Carnegie Management and Development Corp., the Cleveland developer acting on Meijer’s behalf, requested and received an extension from the township before acting on the commission’s recommendation to prepare a presentation for the board in an attempt to address residents’ concerns.

Construction of the proposed store, which would employ 250, is not expected to begin until 2020.

As part of the project, Meijer plans to structure a conservation easement to keep 22 acres of the property as woods in perpetuity, expanding the existing easement from 17 acres.

Meijer has also purchased land in Austintown for a store that is not expected to open before 2020.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.