By JOY BROWN
Marathon Petroleum Corp. wants to vacate portions of two streets and an alley for its campus expansion.
It is asking the city’s permission to close East Hardin Street from South Main to East streets; Beech Avenue from East Sandusky to East Lincoln streets; and the north/south alley from East Hardin to East Lincoln streets that is located behind the former Elks and RCM Architects buildings.
Findlay’s Planning Commission and City Council’s Planning and Zoning Committee will give initial consideration to the requests.
At a Traffic Commission meeting Tuesday, Marathon also requested some temporary parking changes and street closures.
It wants to temporarily close East Street from Sandusky to Lincoln streets, and to remove the two-hour parking limit for all spaces around the campus’ perimeter and interior streets. The company wants both to last through the end of the year.
The Traffic Commission is recommending that City Council grant those requests, but wants the city to have the flexibility to reopen East Street if need be for events or other circumstances, Service-Safety Director Paul Schmelzer said.
Marathon also requested permission to demolish the former Elks and RCM Architects buildings on Main Street, and to install perimeter fencing for that work. The Traffic Commission is recommending council consent to that, too.