Commissioners deny Canfield annexation

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A planned nursing home for the Canfield area now may have to go back to the drawing board.

On Friday morning, Mahoning County Commissioners denied a request to annex about 19 acres from Canfield Township into the City of Canfield. Executives with Windsor House were looking to build a multi-million dollar facility near the corner of U.S. Route 62 and state Route 446.

However, the company needs city sewer and water lines before the project can ever be approved by the state. The stumbling block was the city’s refusal to provide the utilities to land that is outside municipal limits. 

“You would think that City Council in Canfield would sit down with the Canfield Township Trustees, form a Joint Economic Development District, make an agreement among themselves and be able to accommodate the new development coming in,” said Mahoning County Commissioner David Ditzler.

Commissioners said they could not approve the annexation because the land was not contiguous with city boundaries. It is actually separated by Route 446, which is state property.

A spokesman for the developers said executives may have to take another look at the project before deciding how to proceed.

The debate between the two governments is by no means new and there have been efforts at negotiation in the past.

In August, the same controversy arose when a private entity wanted to build a special needs athletic facility on state Route 46 between the Canfield Fairgrounds and Western Reserve Road.

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