New Goodwill building approved

An expansion to the Oberlin Square shopping center will make way for a roomier Goodwill.

The 14,250 square-foot addition to the west end of the 14910 State Rt. 58 lot, located near Wal-Mart and Pizza Hut, was approved Wednesday when the planning commission signed a contract with Devicchio Investments of Youngstown, Ohio.

The one-story, 18-foot tall building will accommodate a new Goodwill. The nonprofit is currently located in the same plaza and the move will leave that space open for future use.

No business has shown interest in the space that will be vacated, said Carrie Handy, planning and development director.

On the west side of the building, a drive-through will be installed for donation drop-offs.

Oberlin resident Tony Mealy expressed concern about a proposed storm management retention basin because of the closeness to the The Child Garden daycare center. “Kids like water and they run off and do funny things,” he said.

City engineer Randall Roberts said the basin will only retain two feet of water. There will also be a fence installed.

Benches and a bike rack will be provided along the sidewalk.

The fire department must approve the alarm and sprinkler system and perform a fire flow test to ensure hydrants are capable of providing water at an acceptable pressure and flow rate.

Laurie Hamame can be reached at 440-775-1611 or @HamameNews on Twitter.

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By Laurie Hamame