Plaza developer to help pay for Kresge widening

By Jason Hawk -

Shopping traffic will get a little help via a deal to widen a stretch of Kresge Drive in front of Century Plaza’s newest phase.

Amherst officials are expected to finalize a deal this month with developer Victor Nardini to split the cost a $130,000 widening project that will roll out in 2017.

Nardini is building a 6,992-square-foot strip that will include Domino’s, Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches, and one other business (several have been vetted, according to city hall sources).

During his pitch to the planning commission earlier this year, talk turned to traffic concerns, said Amherst mayor Mark Costilow.

After negotiations, the city and Nardini “arrived at a good middle ground” with the developer agreeing to saddle up $65,000 to expand the section of Kresge in front of his new plaza to three lanes, Costilow told city council.

Now the deal is moving through council with a final vote expected in about two weeks.

Councilman Joe Miller in October publicly thanked Nardini, saying widening Kresge Drive will help not only those headed to Century Plaza but those frequenting other businesses along the busy Amherst-Lorain border.

Preliminary plans for the project have been drafted. Costilow said he will submit final plans to council when he returns to ask for funding of the city’s share of the widening costs.

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

By Jason Hawk