A bicycle and picnic shelter building with restrooms could be built at Oberlin’s Underground Railroad Center, formerly the Gasholder Building.
The city wants to use federal highway funds provided through the Ohio Department of Transportation to create the shelter and walkways at 273 South Main St. The facility would include handicapped accessible walkways and restrooms, a parking area, and grading and landscaping.
The property would connect to Oberlin’s Donald J. Pease Memorial Bike Path, a part of the North Coast Inland Trail bicycle path, which runs between Kipton and Elyria. It would eventually run all the way to Toledo.
Construction is anticipated to begin in the spring or summer of 2017.
As part of the National Environmental Policy Act, the city is seeking comments from the public about the social, environmental, and economic impacts of the proposed project.
Environmental impacts include those associated with historical, archaeological, and ecological resources, hazardous materials, and general concerns you may have with the project.
Written comments may be mailed to Jeff Baumann, Director of Public Works, City of Oberlin, 85 South Main St., Oberlin, OH 44074. You can also contact him at 440-775-7204 or [email protected]
All comments must be received by Dec. 29.
Courtesy photo The former Gasholder Building is being transformed into the Oberlin Underground Railroad Center. A bike and picnic shelter could soon be added to the site plan.