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Plan to move new Volkswagen site to Classic Drive OK'd, with conditions

by Bob Gaetjens | Editor Published: July 30, 2014 12:00 AM

The Collection Auto Group's plans to change the site for its Streetsboro Volkswagen dealership took a step forward last week.

The auto group, which hosted grand opening celebrations for Kia of Streetsboro and Nissan of Streetsboro June 21, plans to use vacant land between those Classic Drive dealerships to help accommodate the new Volkswagen dealership, according to Bernie Moreno, president of The Collection Auto Group.

"It would actually be an expansion of the Kia dealership," he said. "You'll definitely be able to tell which side is the Kia side and which side is the Volkswagen side."

On July 22, the Streetsboro Planning and Zoning Commission voted 4-0 to approve a site plan amendment to build the Volkswagen dealership on Classic Drive.

The commission approved the plan under the condition that seven issues be resolved with city engineering under the GPD Group and with Planning Director John Cieszkowski Jr.

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The Collection Auto Group Director of Administrative Operations Tom MacGeorge thanked the commission for approving the plan.

"I want to publicly thank you, John [Cieszkowski], the mayor and his staff for coming here on a day off," he said. "We genuinely appreciate this, and we're going to make Streetsboro proud."

Geis Co. Architect Trevor Extine said the dealership will be a mirror image of what was planned across the street in front of Shady Lake Apartments and will be connected to the Kia dealership.

"It's really just a relocation from where we started on State Route 14," he said.

One of the conditions of approval is updating the lighting plan, which Cieszkowski asked Extine to explain during the meeting.

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At the Volkswagen dealership, it will be possible to dim the lights, said Extine.

"They'll be well-lit during normal business hours, then at dusk they'll be dimmed down so they won't be so obtrusive to neighbors," he told the commission.

In a July 15 memo to Cieszkowski, City Engineer Joe Ciuni of GPD Group stated that the engineering issues that needed to be addressed were "not major."

In a memo that same day from Cieszkowski to the commission, he listed noted six other items that need to be addressed:

The correct acreage and number of parking spots must be noted on the plans, following a lot split of a portion of the Kia property;

The photometric plan, which indicates where light will spread, needs to be revised to show "the amount of light emitted at the western property line, or to the point where the readings are zero;"

The lighting times and plan for dimming lights in the evening need clarification;

The landscaping plan needs to list how many of each type of plant will be used;

The landscaping plan needs to be revised to replace invasive species (burning bush and barberry) with native species; and

The north building elevation drawing needs to be revised to reflect the floor plan, since a man door was missing from the north elevation plan.

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