A Message from the Board of Trustees

Economic development is booming in Plain Township! The Venue at Belden is now at capacity. This once empty plaza has been given new life through redevelopment and is located at the high-volume intersection of Everhard Road and Whipple Avenue. This busy intersection has approximately 42,00 vehicles per day passing through it, and should provide a strong customer base for the new stores. The Venue at Belden totals approximately 130,000 square feet of business space and is anchored by Earth Fare, Stein Mart, Home Goods, Talbots, Skechers, American Oven, Jersey Mike's, Fat Heads Brewery, and Moe's Southwestern Grill. Iconic northeast Ohio candy store, Malley's Chocolates, is coming soon. This increase in retail development follows the construction of four hotels over the past few years in the Venue at Belden district. The Venue at Belden project was brought to fruition through the efforts of DeVille Developments, a local Stark County company.

Oakwood Plaza, located at 2710 Easton St NE, is being completely revitalized and brought back to life, thanks to the hard work of the Plain Township Board of Trustees and the foresight of developer Giltz and Associates. Giltz and Associates is making a capital investment of $5 million dollars into the longstanding Plain Township shopping center. The anchor store will be a full-service Drug Mart store. The new Drug Mart store will sell among other items, food, hardware, prescriptions and will even have a "Deli".

The Speedway Gas Station located at 2750 Easton Street NE, at the Middlebranch intersection, has temporarily closed. The building has already been demolished and new construction is taking place to build a new gas station which will encompass a portion of the old Leno's Restaurant property. The utilization of the old Leno's Restaurant property will provide an expanded footprint for the Speedway station. The new Speedway will provide 16 gas pumps with a capital investment of $500,000. It will also have a food court which will provide custom made sandwiches, snacks, and treats.

Plain Township is currently in the midst of a large reinvestment effort, one which will reshape and revitalize the Oakwood Square Corridor along Middlebranch Avenue and Easton Street. These revitalization projects indicate the strong confidence the business community has in Plain Township, as well as the success of collaborative public/private partnerships, and proves once more that Plain Township truly is open for business.