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"Avon clubhouse gets approval

AVON -- The 21,000-square-foot clubhouse proposed for Red Tail golf course should be open by the end of this year after receiving approval from Planning Commission last night.

To be located off the west side of Lear-Nagel Road, the clubhouse is the last element of the golf course community to be approved. The west half of the 18-hole course should be open in late June, with the east half to follow by late summer or early fall, said Pete Restivo of Carnegie Management and Development ...

The club house is planned to include a banquet hall, swimming pool and other amenities. Restivo estimated it will cost at least $2 million to build.

Restivo said a golf clinic will be held at the Red Tail golf course this summer, and a Senior Tour Players tournament will be held there this fall. The dates have not yet been announced.

Although the golf course will be private, Restivo said fee play will be allowed on a restricted basis.

In other news, the planning board reviewed plans for the new bike/walking trail the park board has proposed for the city.

The 8-foot asphalt trail would circle the entire perimeter of the city, and connect major subdivisions and schools. It would be built in phases as development occurs in the city.

Park Board member Keith Furnas said it is important to finalize details of the trail plan as soon as possible. As new homes are built, developers whose land is marked for a trail would have to install the asphalt path on one side of the street instead of sidewalks on both sides ...

The master plan for the path must still be approved by both Planning Commission and City Council. A public hearing must also be held."

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"Avon postal trailers to remain

Expansion project required due to mail service demand

AVON-- A spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service said Wednesday that two temporary trailers will be in place for at least nine months to a year before they complete expansion of the Avon post office. The trailers will serve as temporary postal facilities.

Postal Service architect Robert Mencini and spokesman Victor Dubina appeared before the city Planning Commission to discuss plans to double the size of the 10,000-square-foot post office on Detroit Road, Mencini said. Postal officials estimate the work will be done in 18 months.

After much discussion, the commission unanimously passed a resolution to have the Postal Service place a 6-foot-high wooden fence 15 feet in front and to the west of the trailers. Both trailers are located just west of the post office.

The expansion plans include the addition of an automated mail sorting machine because rapid growth in Avon has increased the mail routes in the city from five to 10 since 1994.

Avon Mayor James A. Smith and Building Inspector James P. Smith halted construction on the post office the last week of March because postal officials had not appeared before the Planning Commission with plans or requests for building permits.

"Because of our statutes, we don't apply to local ordinances. We're not here to fight, we're just here to inform the Planning Commission of what we're doing,'' Dubina said. "Our main responsibility is to deliver the mail, and we intend to do just that.''

While Mencini said the U.S. Postal Service is under the jurisdiction of the federal government, Planning Commission Chairman Jim Piazza said the agency still must comply with the city's zoning codes because it is on private land ...

The post office is in a general business district and is permitted to expand to 20,000 square feet. The building is leased from the Frank Buddie Construction of Cleveland, and has three years left before renewal of the agreement."

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Two new hotels coming to Avon

AVON -- Hotels joined the list of developments slated for Avon last night after City Council approved a Hudson firm's plans for Chester Road.

Curie Hall Investment Company now has the green light to build two hotels and a restaurant across from City Hall on the corner of Chester Road and SRĘ83.

To be called Avon Pointe, the development will include a Hawthorne Suites extended-stay hotel, a Microtel Inn and Suites and a Bob Evans Restaurant. The two other tenants have not been named specifically, although the developers said one will most likely be a ''convenience-type store.''

Avon Pointe will be a ''good compliment'' to the city's industrial area because of the services it will provide for businesses such as Manco, Inc., Mayor Jim Smith said when the project was first proposed.

Because of the traffic it will generate, Curie-Hall will install a traffic light at the intersection of SRĘ83 and Chester Road ..."

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