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Plans approved for new Giant Eagle and movie theater in Cuyahoga Falls

By Gina Mace
Special to the Beacon Journal

CUYAHOGA FALLS: From the vantage point of State Road and Portage Trail, it may appear that nothing is happening on the site of the future Portage Crossing development.

But nothing could be further from the truth, according to Falls Development Director Sue Truby.

Within City Hall and council chambers, the project is moving right along.

On Monday, Falls Council approved building plans for the project’s two anchor buildings, Giant Eagle and a 10-screen Cinemark theater.

That vote comes a month after council’s approval of plans for the buildings that will face Portage Trail.

Stark Enterprises has until July 31 to close on the sale of the former State Road Shopping Center property.

Stark Chief Operating Officer Steve Rubin said he expects the company to make the deadline.

Rubin is still planning a fall groundbreaking with a fall 2014 grand opening.

Redeveloping the corner of State Road and Portage Trail has been in the works since the city bought the aging State Road Shopping Center for $10 million in 2008.

Stark Enterprises, developer of several area retail centers including The Strip in Jackson Township and Crocker Park in Westlake, has been under contract with the city to purchase and develop the land since 2010.