$4.9M Real Estate Sale Launches Zarbana Expansion

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – Zarbana Aluminum Extrusions LLC has taken the first big step – a $4.9 million building and land purchase – to begin the process of expanding its operations here and installing what’s said will be a huge “state-of-the-art” extrusion press. Read more

Work begins on Firestone’s Legacy Trail Loop

COLUMBIANA — As the pool at Firestone Park closed recently, the Restoration and Beautification Committee’s Legacy Trail Loop project has commenced. Read more

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National Association of Manufacturers Honors Humtown Products

COLUMBIANA, Ohio – The National Association of Manufacturers is recognizing Humtown Products with two awards for leadership, which puts the company on par with world-class manufacturers such as Boeing, Ford, Lockheed Marti and Cisco that also earned awards. Read more

P&S Bakery Cooks Up Move to Youngstown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – P&S Wholesale Baking Co. expects to begin manufacturing operations in early fall out of its new plant in Salt Springs Business Park, according to chief operating officer David George. Read more

Solon council approves variances for Omni Senior Living, new church

SOLON, Ohio — Citing hourly peaks of fewer than 100 cars projected for both the Omni Senior Living complex near Uptown Solon and a new church on Chagrin River Road, City Council waived traffic studies prior to granting variances for the projects on Monday.

For Omni, council approved more than a dozen variances, along with the site plan, to allow the construction of two buildings and 150 units on 5.4 acres off of Bainbridge Road and Kruse Drive. The buildings will consist of:

— Senior adult independent living, with 90 units on four stories

— Assisted living, with 42 units and 18 memory care units on three stories

With traffic estimates showing weekday peak hours maxing out at 70 trips generated — under the threshold of 100 cars — council decided that the traffic study was not warranted.

That could change if Omni follows through with the terms of a Job Creation Grant approved in June and builds local headquarters along Bainbridge Road, as well, council noted.

On July 10, the city Planning Commission recommended approval of all of the variances, the most significant allowing for a total of 116 parking spaces — just over half of the 231 required for a project of this size.

Voters in May also approved the rezoning issue when it appeared on the ballot, seeking a change from “historic business” and “restricted commercial” to “senior citizen residential” for a proposed $30 million investment.

Following up on another recommendation from the Planning Commission, council welcomed St. Luke the Evangelist Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church to town.

At less than 4,500 square feet, the 104-seat church, serving roughly 15 families, would be built on about 6.3 acres at the vacant site on the northwest corner of Chagrin River Road and Franklin Street.

Projections of a maximum of 56 cars per Sunday church service — based on 46 parking spaces and 10 banked spaces — also fall under the limit of 100 in-and-out trips over the course of an hour that would require a traffic impact study.

With most if not all of the city’s churches, temples and houses of worship built in single-family residential zones, city officials noted earlier that no rezoning is needed.

Humtown Product’s adds more space in Leetonia

LISBON — Humtown Product’s growing need for more space is paying dividends for the Columbiana County Port Authority. Read more

New Waterford will Go with the Flow on Two Projects

NEW WATERFORD — Last year, the village received a $499,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Public Works for the Phase 3A waterline replacement program.

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Cresco Labs Quadruples the Grow Space at Its Pennsylvania Facility

Cresco Labs has put the finishing touches on its latest construction project. The company announced Thursday that it has completed the expansion of its complex in Brookville, Pennsylvania. The facility, in which the company can both grow marijuana and manufacture related products, now has 88,000 square feet of cultivation space — up from its original 22,000 square feet. Read more

Ohio Valley Natural Relief Wintersville Marijuana Dispensary Owner

Ohio Valley Natural Relief, Wintersville’s marijuana dispensary, brings the legal cannabis buying experience to Jefferson County with friendly staff and comprehensive selection. Qualified state residents can shop high-grade whole flower bud, infused products and concentrates with expert guidance, privacy and legal impunity. Read more