Update on plans for the new police station in North Ridgeville: brief glimpses of Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

North Ridgeville, Ohio

During his weekly taped update, North Ridgeville Mayor Kevin Corcoran walked away from his office at City Hall and took viewers to the site of the new police station across from the North Ridgeville Academic Center on Ranger Way. Fire Station #1 is located north of the site.

Rendering by Architectural Vision Group (AVG) of the new North Ridgeville Police Station which will be located on Ranger Way near Fire Station #1.

Clearing of the area is ongoing, including the removal of trees. An environmental study was also conducted, including a wetland assessment, and all results were considered.

According to the mayor, the city’s planning commission recently approved Architectural Vision Group’s (AVG) plan for the new police station. The project will include a 21,326 square foot police station and a separate 7,800 square foot evidence storage building. To reduce costs associated with the project, the storage facility will be a pre-engineered metal building and will include spaces for cars, a kennel for lost dogs, and an evidence processing and drying room. City officials and AVG will continue to work on the plan with a view to launching a bid to hire a construction contractor soon.

The mayor plans to inaugurate the works soon in the “next weeks or months, and it will take approximately 18 months to two years for the construction”.

In November 2021, voters passed an 0.81 million bond issue to generate $12.5 million for the construction of the new facility.


Opening of the barracks submarines: Finally Firehouse Subs, 35682 Detroit Road (across from Pickering Hill Farms) is open. Dishes on the menu include the Hook and Ladder sub, served with Virginia honey ham, smoked turkey breast and melted Monterey Jack cheese. Unlike other sub-stores, Firehouse steams meats and cheeses, then places them on private recipe grilled sub-rolls. Salads, chili and soups are also on the menu. For more information, visit firehousesubs.com.

Lifeguard course: In partnership with the Avon French Creek YMCA and the Avon Aquatic Facility, lifeguard courses are available for anyone ages 15 and older. Classes run from April 18-21 to become a certified Red Cross lifeguard. The blended learning course includes certifications in Lifeguard, CPR/AED and First Aid. It consists of seven hours of e-learning, which must be completed before the 20 hours of in-person training courses. Classes will be held at YMCA Avon French Creek, 2010 Recreation Lane, except for one day of classes at YMCA West Shore, 1575 Columbia Road, Westlake, to complete the deep water portion of the course. The online training will be sent one week before the date of the first class. Participants must complete the blended learning portion before the first day of the in-person course. The cost is $200.

For more information, contact the French Creek YMCA at 440-934-9622. To register, go to clevelandymca.org and register with French Creek YMCA programs.

If you cannot attend classes in April, additional classes will be offered in May.

For more information about the Lifeguard Class, email Samantha Bauhof, Director of Aquatic Sports, at [email protected]

For summer employment opportunities at the Avon Aquatic Facility, visit cityofavon.com/jobs.aspx. Interviews can be scheduled before completing the lifeguard class, but employment depends on certification.

Youth Basketball Camps: Registration is now open for the Little Lady Eagles Basketball Camp for Girls Grades 1-8 (Fall). The camp runs June 13-16 at Avon Middle School. Levels 1 to 4 are 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; grades 5-8 are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Registration is also open for the Avon Eagles Boys Basketball Camp for boys entering grades 1-9 (fall). The camp runs from June 20-23. Classes 1-3 are at Avon Middle School from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.; grades 4-6 are 8-9:30 a.m. at Avon High School; and grades 7-9 are 10 a.m. to noon at Avon High School. To register for girls’ and/or boys’ camps, go to cityofavon.com and click on the Parks and Recreation tab.

Approved mall: Last year I included information in Short Takes regarding the Avon Plaza retail/office development project which will be located on Chester Road opposite the law firm Wickens, Hezer, Panza. The plans have been approved by the city’s planning commission and things are moving forward now as representatives from Freddy’s Frozen Custard and Steakburgers recently sought approval from the city council to accept the planning commission’s recommendation for the permit. of special use for Avon Plaza to include a 200 m2 386-sq outdoor concrete patio for the new restaurant.


Kiwanis Club Program: City Economic Director Ted Esborn will be the guest speaker at a 7:15 p.m. presentation of the Avon Lake Kiwanis on March 31 at the Waugmann Gallery at the Avon Lake Public Library, 32649 Electric Blvd. Esborn will discuss the future of the Avon Lake Generating Station. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Directors resign: At last week’s City Council meeting, Mayor Greg Zilka announced that Tim Pinchek, Director of Recreation; and Joseph Reitz, Director of Public Works, submitted letters of resignation.

Pinchek was recently appointed to the newly created position of Director of Recreation and Public Engagement for the Town of North Olmsted. He will take office on April 11. He has been a manager at Avon Lake for the past six years.

Reitz has worked for Avon Lake for 34 years. He noted in his resignation letter, “this is the right time”. His last day will be May 10.

Remembrance Day Events: The city is in the process of planning the Memorial Day parade and ceremony. The parade is at 10 a.m. on May 30 and begins at Avon Lake High School heading to Veterans Memorial Park. Veterans groups and other Avon Lake organizations interested in participating, contact Jacqui Hoffman at 440-930-4130 Ext. 1033 or email [email protected]

To scream: At a recent school board meeting, Avon Lake High School student Ella Green presented a check for more than $3,200 for a project to foster student inclusivity on the school playground. Westview Elementary School as part of their Girl Scout Gold Award nominee project.


Spring Fling Donations: The Rotary Club of North Ridgeville needs raffle baskets for Spring Fling 2022 on April 23 and Tom’s Country Place in Avon. This is the biggest fundraiser of the year for the club. Funds raised at the event go back to the community through donations to North Ridgeville Community Care, Senior Center, Safetyville, High School Students of the Month, Scholarships, Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt and local charitable donations. The club also participates in service activities in northeast Ohio and internationally such as Trials for Hope, Good Knights, Shelter Box, Shoe Boxes, the fight to eradicate polio.

During the raffle, there will be buffets, baskets and a reverse draw. If you are interested in donating a basket, sponsoring, or purchasing tickets ($80 each) to attend, contact Jennifer Roussat at [email protected] or 216-262-0952.

Garden waste: Spring has finally arrived and it’s time to clean up the yard. Municipal authorities have recently issued guidelines for the disposal of garden waste. From April 5 to November 29, all garden waste must be placed in compostable brown paper bags or, if loose, placed in a container clearly marked “Garden Waste”. Containers cannot exceed 32 gallons or exceed 50 pounds. If too large for bags or containers, twigs or branches should be in bundles securely tied with twine or twine (no wire) and should not exceed 4 feet in length or 50 pounds. In weight.

All garden waste collected this month will either need to be placed in the blue refuse cart each week or kept until April. For more information, call the Utilities Department at 440-353-0841.

Dean’s List: Abigail Bouts, Joshua Mundell and Faith Schultz have been named to Cedarville University’s list of fall deans.

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