Boston Heights -- The village of Boston Heights planning commission Jan. 6 paved the way for Arhaus Furniture to build its $35 million headquarters on Hines Hill Road.
Premier Development Partners LLC presented a site plan for Homeworks Inc. dba Arhaus Furniture to build the office/warehouse facility on 64.3 acres on Hines Hill Road with construction starting in April 2014. The planning commission unanimously approved the plan.
The project is expected to bring 230 jobs to Boston Heights when the facility is completed and Arhaus relocates its headquarters from Walton Hills in Cuyahoga County. It will be the largest employer in Boston Heights, which has a population of nearly 1,300.
"The hope is a hundred plus jobs will be created," Mayor Bill Goncy said. These are in addition to the 230 being brought from Walton Hills.
The plans showed a 779,000 square-foot building with future expansion of 250,250 square feet of room. About 120,000 square feet will be dedicated to office space with the remaining space for warehouse.
Goncy said six to eight items need to be met on the site plan, including storm water and lighting requirements as the project progresses. A bike trail along Hines Hill Road was added to the requirements, he added. The trail will eventually connect to one planned in Hudson.
The 64.3 acres being developed by Premier Development Partners LLC is part of 160 plus acres on the northwest corner of state Route 8 and East Hines Hill Road intersection that was the former Boston Mills Country Club.
More details are available at www.bostonheights.org/Village/PCBZA.
Reinvestment Area Agreement
Boston Heights Council is scheduled to vote on a Community Reinvestment Area Agreement in connection with the Arhaus plans Jan. 28 at 6:30 p.m. in the Council chambers of Village Hall, 45 E. Boston Mills Road.
Council will consider a 15-year Community Reinvestment Area Agreement with Arhaus.
The agreement, if passed, will award Arhaus an 85 percent property tax abatement for 15 years for maintaining 230 jobs in Ohio and adding another 163 jobs by 2019. The annual payroll in Boston Heights will increase from an estimated $16.2 million in 2015 to $26.2 million in 2019.
Hudson School District's Board of Education approved the tax abatement and Community Reinvestment Agreement in December. Boston Heights is in the Hudson School District.
According to the agreement, Boston Heights will pay the school district $500,000 on or before June 1, 2015, for the purpose of construction of the Malson Athletic Center or other permanent improvement projects for the school district. The village also will make annual payments to the school district yet to be finalized.
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