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The Olmsted Joint Economic Development District revealed plans for the 385-acre Stearns Crossing Business Park in Olmsted Township. The first phase includes more than 250 acres near Stearns and Bagley roads.

Election recap

Broadview Heights
Issue 12 (commercial rezoning): passed

Cleveland
Issue 17 (Planning Commission alternates): passed

Solon
Issue 83 (retail rezoning): passed

The proposed Olmsted Falls-Olmsted Township Merger Study Commission passed in Olmsted Falls (Issue 58), but failed in Olmsted Township (Issue 103).

For complete results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Voters in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township will decide whether or not to create a commission that would study the potential for a merger of the two communities. It is Issue 58 in Olmsted Falls and Issue 103 in Olmsted Township.

One Olmsted, a group of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township residents, is circulating a petition for a merger study. They hope to place the study on the November ballot.

Olmsted Falls Mayor Bob Blomquist and Olmsted Township Trustee Jim Carroll want to create a committee that would study a merger between the two communities. Mayor Blomquist hopes that a merger study will be placed on the ballot this year.

The City of Olmsted Falls hired Poggemeyer Design Group to develop a master plan for the City's downtown. Earlier this year, the company completed a study of the Columbia Road corridor.

A historic trolley depot that previously was part of the Trolleyville USA collection in Olmsted Township will be moved to Grand Pacific Junction in Olmsted Falls.

Consultants for the City of Olmsted Falls made a final presentation of the Columbia Road Corridor Study last week. Some City Council members have reservations about aspects of the plan, which will now go before the City's Planning Commission.

Backers of the proposed seven city regional fire district are waiting for leaders in the southwest Cuyahoga County communities to decide if they want to continue their participation. The City of Berea may opt out of the process, which could affect the involvement of Olmsted Falls.

Olmsted Falls City Council established a moratorium on demolitions of historical buildings and landmarks while it works to correct contradictory language in the municipal codes.

The cities of Berea, Brook Park, Olmsted Falls, and Rocky River are continuing their plans to establish railroad quiet zones. Brook Park remains on target to become the first multi-crossing quiet zone in Ohio. Bedford, meanwhile, is waiting for news from the Federal Railroad Administration about its planned quiet zone.

By a vote of 5-2, Olmsted Falls City Council overrode the Architectural Board of Review's decision and approved the demolition of a bungalow in the City's historic district.

The owner of a River Road bungalow in the Olmsted Falls Historic District wants to demolish the house, because it would be cheaper to replace than expand. The City's Architectural Board of Review rejected the request, and he has appealed to City Council. A public hearing will be held on January 31.

Mayor Blomquist of Olmsted Falls says that the City is continuing its efforts to establish a railroad quiet zone. Residents would like the process to move faster.

Leaders in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township have started talking about merging the two communities. Mayor Blomquist of Olmsted Falls wants to conduct a study and create a committee of residents.

(Update: the News Sun presents additional information.)

The transportation budget passed by Ohio legislators includes $500,000 over the next two years for an Ohio Turnpike Commission study and pilot program on reducing traffic noise. Local officials credited the four-city "Working Together to Make a Difference" group with drawing attention to the issue.

The school boards in Lakewood and Olmsted Falls approved May ballot measures for bonds to fund new school construction. Lakewood hopes to move ahead with phase two of their school construction project, and Olmsted Falls wants to build a new school for fourth and fifth graders.

Leaders in Olmsted Falls are apprehensive about adopting the City of Cleveland's water service/no poaching agreement, and are considering a switch to the Rural Lorain County Water Authority.

At the last of four public meetings, Turnpike officials, local leaders, and residents discussed the noise, flooding, and pollution generated by the Ohio Turnpike. Turnpike officials pledged to meet with community leaders within two months to discuss possible solutions.

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