A pending issue related to the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) led the Lucas County Plan Commission on Wednesday to delay final plat approval for Plat 2 of the Land Air Commerce Center off Airport Highway in Swanton Township.
However, a special meeting is possible so it can be approved as soon as possible. The next regular meeting of the commission is not until July 28.
Access to the development from Airport Highway has not yet been settled by ODOT. ODOT and Swanton Township Trustees both preferred a traffic signal at Airport Highway and State Route 295, according to George Oravecz, consulting engineer for the project.
The previous location for access to Airport Highway was near a proposed one million square foot building. It would create a four way intersection with P. Conway Drive, the street where the Lucas County recycling bins are located.
Once the final access point is decided, the current entrance into the development would allow only right turns in and right turns out, according to Oravecz.
Lucas County Engineer Mike Pniewski said the final plat could not be approved until the access point is confirmed.
Pniewski added that he would contact the deputy director of ODOT in an effort to speed the process and let them know the importance of the project. “There’s nothing that I want more for this county, to attract the type of businesses that you’re bringing in today. What I don’t want is to endanger the public in terms of putting the cart before the horse to make things happen.”