BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – From South Avenue to Route 224 — along Southern Boulevard and Market Street — there are six big construction projects currently taking place in Boardman. When you add them up, it’s around $15 million worth of work.
Thursday at Boardman’s Papa John’s Pizza, employees were enjoying their new store in the new plaza.
“I like it,” Lexi Garltic said. “It’s bigger, it’s nice. It has a nicer parking lot and everything.”
Papa John’s and Tax 29 are the first tenants in the new plaza built by CTW Development on Tiffany South. It’ll replace the older plaza next door.
“All the tenants are very happy about the redevelopment,” said Brad Whitman, with CTW Development. “It provides a fresh new look for their stores.”
Not far from the plaza at South Avenue and 224, Shell is constructing a new building for its gas station while north on South Avenue, Petitti’s is building a new greenhouse and garden center.
“It’s quite exciting to see the development but we’ve never had this many projects at once,” said Jason Loree, a Boardman Township Administrator for 11 years.
Loree talked about the Muransky Company’s project at Southwoods, where a new spine, orthopedics, and pain center is being built. There’s also the new getGo at California Avenue and 224 near the Southern Park Mall where the building’s going up — the awning is already in place.
“It’s a little crazy to see,” Loree said. “On the horizon for 2018, there’s a few more. So I really think between the last three years, we’ve seen an uptick in redevelopment, reinvestment, and growth in Boardman.”
Township taxpayers are also contributing.
A new fire station is taking shape on Market Street. The interior work will be done over the winter with a move-in date of next spring.
“It lets us know that our economy in Boardman Township is thriving,” said Boardman Fire Chief Mark Pitzer. “There’s a lot of redevelopment going on, a lot of projects going on, and a lot of businesses still wanting to move into Boardman Township.”