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Portage Crossing Update: Development Director 'Optimistic' About Project

Cuyahoga Falls Development Director Sue Truby weighs in on the proposed retail project.

A Cuyahoga Falls official confirmed Thursday that developer Stark Enterprises is still close to finalizing a set of deals that would bring a 10-screen Cinemark movie theatre to the proposed Portage Crossing site, a Menards to Graham Road and a new Get-Go to Portage Trail and State Road.

In a Jan. 31 email to Patch, Cuyahoga Falls Development Director Sue Truby said the deal could be finalized any day now and is "optimistic" about the project. 

Original plans for Menards and Giant Eagle to anchor Portage Crossing were sidetracked in November after Stark was unable to clear room for the proposed 240,000-square-foot, two-story home improvement store when the owner of a nearby Pizza Hut refused to sell his land. 

New plans under discussion may lead to the demolition of the Graham Road Giant Eagle to make room for a scaled-back, one-story Menards store. 

Under this scenario, a Giant Eagle would then be constructed at Portage Crossing and the Graham Road Get-Go station would be moved to the corner of State and Portage Roads where a Marathon station now stands.

However, if Menards is built at the Graham Road location, the tax money it generates would go to the Woodridge Local Schools, not the Cuyahoga Falls City Schools. 

Michael Symon’s B Spot Restaurant, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt remain in the Portage Crossing project, the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Robin Anderson February 04, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Not enough square footage for a Menard's and you'd still be dealing with Giant Eagle if the rumor of them purchasing an "option" on that little piece of grocery store heaven is true.
Dave Filing March 01, 2013 at 07:22 PM
School districts are set by the State Board of Education, not by geographic locales. Any change would have to be approved by the state, which, to my knowledge, so far, has not shown any interest in combining the two systems.
Dave Filing March 01, 2013 at 07:29 PM
I don't understand the system. If my house stood where the existing Pizza Hut is located, the city would take it under eminent domain if I wouldn't sell it. Why is Pizza Hut exempt? (not that I believe in eminent domain for a private project), Second, what does Menard's hope to gain if they did get the Pizza Hut site. At best, they might get a dozen or so more parking spaces. This whole argument is stupid.
Michael Nipper II March 06, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I think you hit the nail right on the head. I'm just glad to see they have the curb and entrance spots done. Whew that was a big job, now to take the next three years off.
Darla DeNiro April 04, 2013 at 12:33 PM
It sounds like most people, including me, are tired of the long wait on this project. Why is it taking so long? The City of CF isn't fooling anyone; this project will never be finished - maybe they should build a new h.s. at this location - something like the Taj Majal in Tallmadge?

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