If its not one thing, it's another. That's what Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Robart has to say about delays in getting construction underway on the much anticipated Portage Crossing retail development along State Road.
First city zoning officials and City Council must change the zoning to all-commercial to allow the project to move forward. Earlier plans for housing as part of the project have been scrapped, so that residential zoning has to change.
"We're not putting any housing in now, and due to the size of some of the big boxes, it really mandated that we go to commercial zoning," says Robart.
And then there's the Environmental Protection Agency.
" It's something to do with retention ponds. They've changed their regulations recently which requires us to build different retention ponds than we originally had planned. Hopefully it's not a major thing, but every time we get one of these setbacks it gets a little frustrating. Every time we think we have all the i's dotted and T's crossed something pops up and now the EPA's sort of sticking their nose in, but we're real close (to beginning construction)," says the Mayor.
Robart says he's just hoping another last minute obstacle doesn't pop up to further delay the project, which includes some big box stores like Menards and Giant Eagle, and many more smaller retail stores and restaurants.