5 new projects will make 2023 a busy year for Copley Township

The new year is bringing some new looks to Copley as the township gets rolling on some heavily anticipated projects. From a new hiking path to a voter-approved safety center to more parking options at the heart of the community, here are five big changes in store for Copley in 2023:

New trail in the works for Ridgewood Road

Area residents who like to take an outdoor stroll can look forward to an upcoming trail along Ridgewood Road.

The 1.2-mile Ridgewood Road Trail would be completed in two phases, according to information provided by the township. Phase 1 would connect neighborhoods from Hametown Road to Copley High School, as well as south along Cleveland-Massillon Road to Glacier’s Edge Trail.

The cost of the project is estimated to be a little less than $2.6 million. The township was awarded $750,000 from the state for the trail, and plans to use money slated for projects from the general fund to finance the remainder.

“We have hired Environmental Design Group to complete the design of this project which will begin in the next several weeks,” said Loudan Klein, director of community and economic development. “Our target is to complete a portion of the trail by summer of 2024.”

Copley High School will serve as a trailhead for a portion of the new 1.2-mile Ridgewood Road Trail.

New parking lot near Copley Circle

Those who’ve wanted to shop or grab a bite to eat near Copley Circle but have been frustrated by the limited parking will be happy to hear that more parking spaces are coming soon.

The township recently entered into a 99-year lease with Copley-Fairlawn Schools to lease approximately 1 acre on the northwest corner of the Copley Middle School property. Copley has designed and engineered a 85-space public parking lot that will be accessed from Copley Road, Klein said.

“The lot will help serve the businesses around Copley Circle that have substandard parking available,” Klein said. “Additionally, the lot will help support concerts and events held at Copley Circle by providing safe adjacent public parking that currently does not exist.”

Copley officials plan to complete construction in the spring, Klein said.

A new public parking lot off Copley Circle will be be within walking distance from businesses at the heart of town as well as the Copley Township Hall, pictured here Dec. 18,  and Copley-Fairlawn Middle School.

More residences, businesses arriving in Montrose area

Copley could be getting some more residents in the near future.

Phase 1 for a mixed-use development is at 444 and 506 Rothrock Road, just south of Montrose. The plans include construction of 28 town homes called The Ridge, which are scheduled to be built next year. The drafted site plans were designed and submitted by Mann Parsons Gray Architects in Fairlawn.


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