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Acme Construction Under Falls Planning Commission Microscope

The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission will tour the Acme construction site Tuesday after learning the grocery chain had executed major design changes without notifying the city.

The Cuyahoga Falls Planning Commission will take a look around the new Acme Fresh Market #10 to ensure the grocery chain is abiding by its construction plan that was submitted to and approved by commission members. 

The tour was scheduled after Acme recently completed a major design change without notifying the city, reports the Falls News Press.

The change included installing rows of glass blocks in place of plate-glass windows and awnings that were going to face State Road. 

According to Cuyahoga Falls Planning and Zoning Director Fred Guerra, Acme said the glass blocks were chosen for artistic reasons and are intended to complement a sculpture that will be hung on the east side of the building. 

An Acme representative will guide the tour and is expected to speak at a planning commission meeting immediately following the walk-through. 

Though commission members have aired discontent over the plan deviation, Guerra is more focused on "keeping (the project) on schedule and continuing the development."

Guerra said the tour starts at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Acme #10, and is open to the public.

The commission meeting is slated for 5:30 p.m. at the Natatorium.

Acme is in the process of building the 52,500-square-foot, $8 million grocery store and plans on opening a portion of it to meet the holiday demand.

Tammy Simmons November 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Can we PLEASE let businesses that WANT to be here and expand do their thing??? Unless there is some real violation (like bulding code or fire code) who cares if they decide on glass blocks over plate glass? Come on city counsel stop picking on the businesses that are already here. Do your job and find a few more that want to be. (Portage project?)
Linda November 20, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I think they want to make sure there aren't any changes that are an issue. I am sure this article doesn't list all changes. It sounds like they are expediting the investigation and not putting it off. It doesn't say that construction has been delayed by this. The glass block does sound nice and hopefully everything will be worked out at this meeting without a hitch. It would be a serious issue if there was no investigation and a change created a hazard and someone was harmed. Then there would be liability issues and that would delay many projects for years.
Doug Norton November 20, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Wah, wah, wah. Guerra and the planning commission are a bunch of babies. The glass block looks great, much better than plate glass windows. The planning commission should be buying them lunch, not crying about real improvements.
Kathleen Mayfield November 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
I love the windows and I think they add beauty to the building. Who wants to look at plain windows with posters always on them. Then they look dirty and trashy. Pick on more important issues and leave the windows alone.
Earl Elevant November 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
If this is the biggest thing this city has to worry about, then I'd say we're doing pretty good. They really need to let this go and get over their need for power. Maybe they should turn their attention to Portage Crossing and start pressuring them to actually build something there. Acme's change in windows is nowhere close to an emergency.
wmfr November 20, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I read some of the comments made by the city's planning/zoning committe. First they are a joke for their power trip and I think they have bigger issues to address, namely portagage crossing and some of these slum landlords that already own plaza's and let them go to hell.
Mark & Kim Brichford November 20, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Planning commission should get over themselves. The glass block windows are gorgeous! Leave them alone! Who cares if it was a design change. At least it was for the better. Look at that ugly pastel building beside Giant Eagle. Who decided THAT was a good design?
Jason Mason November 20, 2012 at 09:44 PM
The City should stop all construction and punish Acme through the courts. Any small-time person that pulled this type of thing would have injunction-city! Acme has the highest prices around and a lot of inferior quality offerings, besides. Yet they claim to be such a "local" community lover. Try getting your whole ham cut in half when they are on sale at Christmas or Easter; they tell you to get lost and buy the way more expensive "half-ham" !
joe November 20, 2012 at 10:34 PM
@Jason, way to be pro business, got an axe to grind over that ham, go to the new Giant Eagle at Portage Crossing, the ex-mayor will be working their soon, he'll cut the ham in half for you!!!!!!!! Oh, that's right that project is flat DOA

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