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Developer seeks zoning change for apartments


November 24, 2012
Morning Journal News

A Cleveland firm is planning a three-phase housing development of apartments and single-family dwellings on vacant land bordering East Pershing Street, Butcher Road and Cunningham Road, with a rezoning request pending before the city Planning Commission.

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers at city hall to address the request to rezone 6.9 plus acres from C-2 General Commercial to RA Multiple Family for the NRP Group for the proposed Salem Garden Apartments. The other 60.80 plus acres of the parcel are already zoned RA.

According to the Planning Commission agenda, plans call for an $11 million First Phase consisting of a 120-unit walk-up apartment complex with a clubhouse located just south of East Pershing Street where it connects to Butcher Road. The Second Phase would consist of 176 walk-up apartments located at the corner of Butcher Road and Cunningham Road, just west of Cunningham Road and southwest of Butcher Road. The Third Phase was described as 50 single family lots, west of Cunningham Road and southwest of Butcher Road extending south to the corporation line.

The map available at the city Planning & Zoning office showed that a wetlands on the western half of the 67.70-acre parcel would remain a wetlands, with most of the development to the east of the high tension wires.

According to city Planning and Zoning Officer Patrick Morrissey, the NRP Group developed the Salem Senior Housing complex located on West Perry Street so this won't be the firm's first project in the city.

According to the company website at, they are responsible for a number of developments in northeast Ohio, including in Alliance and Youngstown. The company was selected by the National Association of Home Builders as the MultiFamily Development Firm of the Year for 2012.

"At NRP, we successfully develop, build, own, manage and have partnered in numerous projects in multi-family, senior housing, single-family infill, and commercial and retail sites. From high-density urban infill sites to more suburban settings, our focus is to make every building we develop, construct and/or manage a true reflection of the special needs and desires of our customers and residents, with a commitment to excellence from concept to completion. In fact, we developed nearly 17,000 single-family and multi-family homes and apartments in the past 16 years with our eye on more to come," a description on the company website at said.

When city leaders extended Pershing Street out to Butcher Road, the idea was to ease traffic congestion on East State Street by providing a back entrance to the Marc's plaza where Marc's, Aldi's and the Sport Connection are all located. With a sidewalk extending out Pershing Street and Butcher Road where it converges with Cunningham Road, along with utilities and fire hydrants, officials said the area was prime for development.

"This is going to start the growth pattern out there. We're hoping this is going to spur commercial development," Morrissey said.

The rest of the agenda for the meeting will include the vacating of some lots located between Benton Road and the railroad tracks in Salem and a report of the special committee for the Holiday Inn Express development site, located on the North Cunningham Road, north of State Street.

Mary Ann Greier can be reached at



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