Planning commission approves more homes in Merriman Valley

The Akron Planning Commission has recommended approval of a new housing development in the Merriman Valley amid opposition from local residents.



a sign on the side of a building: The city of Akron seal.


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The city of Akron seal.

After removing the vote of an alternate who was present but not authorized to vote, the five-member panel of planning commissioners appointed by the mayor decided 3-2 to recommend approval of 197 town homes on Riverwoods Golf Course, 1870 Akron Peninsula Road.

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The project requires a conditional use permit to rezone the golf course so that Petros Development Group of Cleveland can build the new homes, including 28 that will be owner-occupied condominiums. On the western edge of the 76-acre lot, 45 acres along the Cuyahoga River will be returned to its natural state and preserved.

Akron planning and zoning officials also supported the project after working with the developer for months on what they say is a more aesthetically pleasing layout for the new townhomes, plus measures to safeguard the environment.

Both are top concerns for local residents who’ve launched www.preservethevalley.com. The group has led protest and staked yard signs in a demand to slow or stop more homes in the Merriman Valley, at least until Akron and Cuyahoga Falls complete a master development plan for the shared neighborhood.

The Riverwoods project will now head to Akron City Council for a final vote. A second proposed project on 45 acres of city-owned property at Theiss and Hardy roads was also met by local protests. Original calls for housing on that site are now being expanded to accept proposals for conservation.

This article originally appeared on Akron Beacon Journal: Planning commission approves more homes in Merriman Valley

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