PLANNING COMMISSION: Second Taco Bell being developed in Amherst


By Jason Hawk - jhawk@civitasmedia.com



<p style="text-align: right;">Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Amherst has one Taco Bell on Rt. 58. A second on Cooper Foster Park Road was given preliminary approval Wednesday.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Amherst has one Taco Bell on Rt. 58. A second on Cooper Foster Park Road was given preliminary approval Wednesday.


Ellen Seele of the GDP Group outlines her company’s development intentions to the Amherst planning commission.


A new Taco Bell is being developed on Cooper Foster Park Road near Target, just two miles down the road from its closest sister restaurant.

Ellen Seele of the GPD Group was given preliminary approval last Wednesday to bring the fast food chain to the Deerfield Shopping Center.

GPD was granted a lot split combination and plans to lease about six-tenths of an acre from the McGill Property Group.

Seele said the site will feature a standard layout almost identical to the Taco Bell built recently on Oberlin Avenue in Lorain. Building inspector David Macartney added it would have the same square footage and dining area occupancy.

Mayor David Taylor expressed concerns about traffic from the west, saying he does not want to stack too many cars at the intersection of North Lake Street and Cooper Foster Park Road.

The planning commission will require GPD to provide traffic estimates based on a study conducted in the past.

The fast food restaurant will be perched just to the west of the Deerfield entrance next to Mr. Tire on Cooper Foster and accessible only from the parking area, not directly from the road, said Seele.

Her company’s plan calls for 20 parking spaces and possible outdoor seating.

Seele declined to comment on the plans further after the meeting.

Another agenda item — revised platting of Northpointe Estates subdivision four — was tabled. Developer Tom Oster was not in attendance.

Taylor said Oster has asked for bigger lot sizes for single-family homes at Northpointe, which is located in the Dodge Drive area off Rt. 58 on Amherst’s south side.

Part of the request is to reroute utility lines at no cost to the city, the mayor said.

The measure would be considered a new subdivider’s agreement since it is new development. If approved by planners, it will go to city council for review.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Amherst has one Taco Bell on Rt. 58. A second on Cooper Foster Park Road was given preliminary approval Wednesday.

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Photos by Jason Hawk | Amherst News-Times Amherst has one Taco Bell on Rt. 58. A second on Cooper Foster Park Road was given preliminary approval Wednesday.

Ellen Seele of the GDP Group outlines her company’s development intentions to the Amherst planning commission.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/43/2015/11/web1_taco-bell1.jpgEllen Seele of the GDP Group outlines her company’s development intentions to the Amherst planning commission.

By Jason Hawk

jhawk@civitasmedia.com