City landscape will feature new buildings in '13

by Laura Freeman | Reporter Published:

Hudson -- In 2013 the city landscape will add several new buildings and homes as projects break ground and begin building for the future on the momentum gained in 2012.

Collection Volkswagen of Hudson, a Volkswagen dealership, moved into the former Clarke Ford property at 5715 Darrow Road and sold more than 70 vehicles in the first month, according to Chuck Wiedie, economic development director.

Legacy Builders, a remodeling business, moved in next door at 5751 Darrow Road, and Heritage of Hudson, 1212 Barlow Road, is putting the finishing touches on its skilled nursing facility center with a grand opening planned in the near future, Wiedie said.

The city is pleased with the economic development efforts that have been made this past year and the addition of new businesses and new employees in the city, said Jody Roberts, communications manager.

"The development of our two business parks, and the addition of new construction in our business corridor will be a benefit to the city and to our tax base," Roberts said.

Some of the larger projects expected to make big strides in the new year include the Seasons Greene eco-industrial park along Seasons Road, the Trails of Hudson senior living development and the Gables of Hudson assisted living facility, Roberts said.

Another project, the Universal Screen Arts Inc., has stopped and started but Wiedie said he is working with them to build a new facility in the Hudson Crossing business park.

The Seasons Greene eco-industrial park is on 161 acres on Seasons Road about half a mile east of the state Route 8 exit ramps. Plans call for up to 10 buildings with 1.37 million square feet to house businesses working in advanced and alternative energy fields. Each facility is looking at between 75 to 100 employees, for potentially more than 1,000 jobs at the site when completed, said company president John R. Shutsa.

Two businesses, OpenOils and Patriot Energy, are expected to begin building in 2013, Shutsa said, and he has been talking with other companies.

The Trails of Hudson is a 172-unit residential development on 34 acres in south Hudson in the triangle created by Darrow and Norton roads and Hudson Drive. The rental apartments target residents 55 and older.

Construction began in 2012 on the first 84 units and will continue through spring and summer, according to David Conwill, managing partner with Redwood Management Co.

Completion of units is expected in the spring and summer and those interested in renting apartments in the Trails of Hudson can apply at www.trailsofhudson.com.

The second phase would include more roads and an additional 90 apartment units.

The single-level condo-like apartments will have two bedrooms and two bathrooms, and range in size from 1,300 to 1,500 square feet.

The Trails of Hudson is next to the Metro Parks, Serving Summit County Bike and Hike Trail.

Construction began in 2012 on the Gables at Hudson Assisted Living Facility, a 86,000 square-foot, 116-bed facility on 9.66 acres at 5416 Darrow Road, the former site of Waters Restaurant, and is expected to be completed in October 2013, according to builder, George Roth of Augere Construction Co. The facility would initially employ about 100 people.

Information for reservations will be posted on a banner on the site in April or May, Roth said.

Universal Screen Arts Inc., an Internet retailer and mail-order cataloguer, proposed plans to build a 220,000-square-foot commercial/industrial building on 29 acres in the Hudson Crossing Business Park located in west Hudson off state Route 303. Universal Screen Arts Inc. plans to transfer 119 full-time employees from its existing headquarters on Industrial Parkway and relocate 18 employees from a facility on Enterprise Parkway in Twinsburg.

The city is waiting on the developer to apply for site approval before it can begin building, according to Mark Richardson, community development director.

Catastrophe Management Solutions on Executive Parkway, which has 275 full-time employees to handle insurance claims during a disaster, bought the former Norandex building next door and plans to build offices in 25 percent of the open space in that building, Roberts said. In 2012 they expanded its parking lot with about 300 more spaces.

Primrose School on Corporate Drive opened Jan. 5 to offer child care and pre-school educational programs, Roberts said. The Crystal Clinic Orthopedic will open in February on Corporate Drive.

Email: lfreeman@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9434

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