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Council Approves South Front Streetscape Contract

CUYAHOGA FALLS – The Cuyahoga Falls City Council passed an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into contracts for the South Front Streetscape Project at its July 8 meeting.
Mackenzie Kaser, civil engineer for the city, presented details of the project to the council at the July 1 meeting.
Kaser said the project was put out a couple of weeks ago and Kenmore Construction came back with the lowest and best bid of just over $6.4 million. The project boundaries are from Broad Boulevard to Grant Street.
Project details include streetscape items such as tree planters, benches, trash cans, new sidewalks, bike racks and new streetlights, as well as moving power grids underground and providing public Wi-Fi throughout the corridor. The city will also rebuild the public parking lot across from Hibachi Japan and add a ramp that will connect the upper parking lot to the lower top-to-bottom pedestrian lot.
Kaser said the lot is “not in the best shape” and parking is “not very efficient.”
She noted the city will add electric vehicle charging stations at the site and on-street parking meters. There will also be bike lanes along the roadway that will run from Grant Street to Fire Station #1 and continue down the rest of North Front Street.
There will be a welcoming arch on Broad Boulevard with string lights also illuminating the arch.
“We’re trying to make a good corridor from the south end of Front Street all the way to the north end,” Kaser said, adding that much of the detailed items will be similar to those on the north end of Front Street to provide continuity from one end to the other.
Another addition to South Front Street will be Pedal Park, a right-of-way area on the east side of Weller Court that is currently the public parking lot next to the fire station. Kaser said the area will be remodeled to include bike racks, an electric bike charger, an umbrella table, benches and a water bottle filling station.
Kaser added that the city is working on a website that will provide all public communications and updates throughout the project as well as an opportunity for the public to submit comments, noting that Dave Bennett will serve as a liaison to help share information throughout the project.
She said construction is expected to begin in August or September and finish next fall.
Furthermore, the council approved during the meeting:
• authorize the Law Director to enter into settlement of a legal claim; and
• a contract for improvements to State, Seasons and Wyoga Lake roads at The Triangle to help improve congestion in the area. City Engineer Tony Demasi said the improvement plan completed its design phase earlier this year and will include removal of the Wyoga Lake Road leg of the Triangle, widening to accommodate turn lanes and the addition of two traffic signals — one at the intersection of State and Seasons roads and one at Seasons and Wyoga Lake roads.
New legislation introduced at the meeting to be discussed next week includes:
√ a contract with Atlantic Emergency Solutions for the purchase of Hurst Tool extrication equipment used by the fire department;
√ to apply for, and if granted, accept financial assistance in the form of a grant or loan from the Ohio Public Works Commission for the improvement of Wyoga Lake Road from East Steels Corners Road to Seasons Road;
√ approval and adoption of the Summit County Hazard Mitigation Plan;
√ Authorizing the Mayor to exchange land with the Cuyahoga Falls City School District adjacent to the new school site at 13th Street and Portage Trail and accompanying right-of-way; and
√ an agreement with Preserves at Salt Creek Homeowners Association Inc. to allow landscaping and construction of neighborhood recreational improvements on city-owned properties.
The Cuyahoga Falls City Council next meets July 15 for committee meetings and July 22 for its regular council meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Natatorium, 2345 Fourth St.

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