Pitt Ohio And Midtown Plaza Projects Have Positive Economic Impact On Parma
Two major projects will be beneficial to Parma’s economic development and will offer more job opportunities for residents. Pitt Ohio, a transportation and logistics company headquartered in Pittsburgh, is building a new complex in Parma that will bring nearly 200 jobs to the city. The 100,000-square-foot trucking terminal on Chevrolet Boulevard will rely heavily on wind energy produced from its eight newly constructed vertical wind turbines. The trucking company’s $3.3 million complex will also include solar panels in an effort to make the facility independent of the energy grid. Pitt Ohio prides itself on sustainability. “Anytime you have a great company like Pitt Ohio wanting to locate in your city, you want to partner with them on projects of this magnitude, and that’s what we’ve done,” Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter said.
The 100-dock facility is expected to be completed in June and will move from its current Cleveland location. Parma Planning Commission worked three years to approve the plan. Construction began in late 2018 and will continue in 2019. In addition to promoting job growth, Pitt Ohio has also spoken with some city officials about the company supporting educational initiatives. “They're talking about partnering with the schools regarding STEM education. So we're ready to finally get them going; get them to Parma. It has taken longer than anticipated, but it’s a project that’s finally coming around," DeGeeter said.
The multimillion-dollar renovation of the 54,000-square-foot Midtown Plaza is the other major development in the works for the new year. Parma Planning Commission approved the redevelopment plan in late November for the retail space, now owned by LRC Realty. The renovation will include the addition of a 20,000-square-foot Aldi and a new Planet Fitness, which will be located in 17,000-square-foot space currently vacant at Midtown. Aldi will be located between Office Max and Marc’s. Additional parking spaces and a new paved lot will address current parking issues. The redesign will also include new sidewalks and landscaping, LED lighting and a more contemporary facade to make the plaza aesthetically appealing to shoppers. “This renovation and facelift to Midtown plaza is long overdue,” said Ward 4 Councilwoman Kristin Saban. “It has been wonderful over the last several weeks with the buzz in the air over the plaza’s future. I am excited to once again see Midtown flourish.” The Midtown renovation is slated to begin in March 2019 and finish by the end of December.
Communications Intern, City of Parma, Mayor's Office