Medina sets public hearing for Tower Drive project

$2.2M project has been on hold for 3 years

The Medina City Council, Tuesday, May 20, called for a public hearing on proposed street and utility improvements for Tower Drive, Hamel Road and Kilkenny Lane — a project with an estimated total cost of $2.2 million. The hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Medina City Hall.

The project has been on hold for over three years. In 2011, Bonestroo Engineering prepared a feasibility report for the project. At an October 2011 open house, people attending agreed that streets and utilities needed improvements. However, attendees wanted to put off the project for two years until the economy had a chance to recover. The City Council waited until September 2013 to approve the feasibility report.

Meanwhile, Medina has applied twice for matching grants to help fund the storm water management portion of the project. The city was unsuccessful in getting grant money the first time around and now is waiting to learn the fate of the second application.

The City Council has authorized WSB, Medina’s consulting engineers, to do design work for street, utility and stormwater improvements. So far engineers have done a topographic design survey, geotechnical evaluation and soil borings. The current project schedule calls for construction in 2015.

Nicknamed the Tower Drive project, proposed improvements would include street and utility reconstruction of Tower Drive from Pinto Drive to Hamel Road and Hamel Road from Pinto Drive to 1,500 feet east of Tower Drive, along with mill and overlay work on Kilkenny Lane from Hamel Road. Stormwater ponds and stormwater management structures would be installed. Because construction costs have changed since 2011, WSB engineers are updating estimates for 2014-2015.

The City Council also took up other business on May 20.


The council amended loading dock regulations for the industrial park zoning district to make them consistent with requirements for the business and business park districts. The amended ordinance gives industrial property owners the same flexibility for locating loading docks that is available to owners of business and business park property.

City Planner Dusty Finke said that Loram Maintenance of Way has requested the additional flexibility for constructing loading docks in a proposed 4,000-square-foot storage building. The new structure would sit in the area northeast of the Loram facility in the industrial park district.

One loading dock ordinance amendment describes how much of the perimeter of a building can consist of loading docks. The original ordinance says that loading docks not located within a courtyard shall not exceed 10 percent of the perimeter of the building. A courtyard is an area between buildings where loading docks would not be as visible from surrounding properties.

The new language says, “The city council may, at its sole discretion, allow additional loading docks outside of courtyards but not in an amount to exceed 20 percent of the building perimeter. The council may allow additional loading docks only if the council finds that the additional docks are essential for the functioning of the use, that other alteratives are impractical, and that visual impacts of the additional loading docks have been mitigated.”

A second ordinance amendment defines a loading dock as an area measuring at least 8 feet wide that provides a portal for a truck through the outside wall of a building. The original ordinance said a loading dock opening would be at least 12 feet wide. City staff suggested the ordinance change to avoid leaving smaller loading docks out of the ordinance.

Contact Susan Van Cleaf at [email protected]