April 18, 2014

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City officials in Brunswick address seniors’ concerns

BRUNSWICK — Senior citizens had the chance to ask questions of city leaders Thursday afternoon and many of the about 40 in attendance were concerned about access to grocery stores, the recreation center and city offices.

Jim Lukas

Senior housing is on the outskirts of town, but shopping and city offices are closer to the center of Brunswick, which makes it difficult for older residents to access the shopping and businesses they need, residents said.

When asked about the prospects of bringing a grocery store to Pearl Road, possibly in the Hickory Ridge shopping center, City Manager Jim Lukas said it was a priority.

“We’re really hoping for that, it’s something we’re working on,” he said.

Members of the Brunswick-area AARP hosted Thursday’s question-and-answer forum with city leaders.

The shopping center, under new ownership, received a facelift, including a newly repaved parking lot and major fixes to a leaky roof. City economic leaders have been working with the property owner to find new tenants, and they’ve expressed interest in placing a shopping center on the west side of town.

“There’s nothing guaranteed, but it’s a priority,” Lukas said.

Lukas also said the city will work with a senior housing provider to help get tax credits through a state program. He said he’d like to see more senior housing options in Brunswick.

“You’ll see action from Council coming soon supporting that effort,” Lukas said, adding the company was looking at the area of Southwick and Pearl roads to add 60 senior housing units.

“I’m pretty confident you’ll see new senior housing in the next year,” he said.

Safety Service Director Pat McNamara also fielded questions about conditions on Grafton Road and other city streets.

McNamara said the city receives between $480,000 and $500,000 from the state each year in Ohio Public Works money, but it’s reserved for paving the city’s main roads. McNamara said Grafton Road is the next priority after the city completes work on Hadcock Road.

“All those smaller streets, we pay for with our own city tax dollars,” he said. “So, we have to do it in small sections a little bit each year.”

Fire Chief Jim Baird took the opportunity to pass out smoke detector batteries to each person in attendance.

Lukas encouraged residents to call the city offices any time with any questions and concerns.

Contact Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.