December 22, 2014

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Disputed move of asphalt plant in Medina is a no-go, company says

A proposal to move an asphalt plant to West Smith Road, which faced opposition from nearby residents, is off the table.

Medina Community Development Director Jonathan Mendel said the Shelly Co., which appeared before the city’s Planning Commission last month to seek a conditional zoning certificate for the plant, told him it will not pursue the relocation because the plant’s owner, Kokosing Construction Co., pulled out of the agreement.

However, Mendel said Wednesday while he had a verbal discussion with the Shelly Co., he has not “received anything in writing from the Shelly Co. to say that the deal with Kokosing fell through and that’s why it is being withdrawn.”

A conditional zoning certificate would have allowed the asphalt plant to move from 310 N. State Road about a mile south to 820 West Smith Road.

The Shelly Co. owns the property but Kokosing would have continued to own and operate the plant.

At the Planning Commission meeting in July, the proposal to move the plant met opposition from Williams on the Lake, a banquet facility at 787 Lafayette Road, and residents concerned about the sight, smell, sound and health risk it might present to the area.

Commission members advised Williams on the Lake and the Shelly Co. to settle their differences privately.

Mark Williams, of Williams on the Lake, said his company and the Shelly Co. met several times as advised by the commission, but was unsure whether those meetings led to Kokosing withdrawing from the agreement.

David Kern, an attorney for the Shelly Co., declined to comment on whether the talks with Williams on the Lake contributed to Kokosing’s decision and denied any partnership between Shelly and Kokosing at the West Smith Road site.

“We don’t have a partnership in regard to that property,” he said. “Kokosing did want to put a plant there, but we are not going to pursue it at this time.”

Chad Reel, of the Shelly Co., told the Planning Commission in July the move would benefit both companies because they could share train tracks, a storage pit and other resources needed to produce road paving and construction materials.

Williams said he is happy with the outcome.

“We are pleased with the end result,” he said. “We very much appreciate the Shelly Co. considering the issue and taking in the community’s concerns.”

Contact reporter Andrew Davis at (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.