Southern Tire Mart Eyes Site in Beaver Township

NORTH LIMA, Ohio – Southern Tire Mart, a tire and roadside assistance company with 233 locations nationwide, has intentions on building a new operation just behind the Pilot truck plaza off Market Street here.

The company recently received a conditional use permit to construct a 12,750-square-foot center equipped with five service bays and an office, said Lindy Mitchell, Beaver Township zoning inspector.

The zoning board approved the measure Feb. 28, she said.

According to a letter of intent submitted to the township, Southern Tire’s facility is designed to provide service to tractor/trailer traffic moving through the area. It would be the company’s first operation in the Mahoning Valley.

The new project would accommodate existing tractor/trailer volume and would not lead to an increase in traffic, the letter said.

“They still need to submit drawings,” Mitchell said of the potential project. No building permits have been pulled.

The entrance and exit to the site is off West Middlesex Road behind the Pilot truck stop. 

This section of Beaver Township has drawn interest from investors and developers because of its proximity to the Interstate 76 and Market Street interchange.

Work is underway at a new Love’s Travel Stops along the east side of Market Street, while a local real estate group last year purchased a building across the street that once housed a nightclub and has plans to repurpose that property.

And earlier this year, Saia Motor Freight Line LLC purchased the shuttered USF Holland truck terminal at 10855 Market St. for $15.5 million. The company plans to make improvements to the site, according to records from the Mahoning County Building Department

Last year, township officials met with representatives of Onvo, which expressed interest in redeveloping the former Penn Ohio Truck Stop along Route 7. The company operates travel plazas, restaurants and hotels in New York and central/eastern Pennsylvania.

However, Mitchell says that Onvo has since backed off from pursuing a project there. 

“They were looking at the property but could not come to an agreement with the owner,” she said.

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