ORANGE — The Planning and Zoning Commission and Architectural Review Board recommended a restroom structure to be installed at the Orange Village Park on Lander Road. Service Director Bob Zugan said $80,000 is available for the proposed project.

Village Council was scheduled to review the proposal during a meeting on Wednesday.

The solid concrete, ADA-compliant structure is pre-made by CXT Inc., a manufacturing company, he said. There will be one gender-neutral restroom and a baby-changing station and hands-free electric dryer on both sides of the structure. Mr. Zugan said that he will also consider hands-free flushometers and stainless steel sinks.

The structure exceeds the standards in the village’s zoning code, Mr. Zugan said. The village installed electricity, a forced main and a pump for a sewer and electricity last year, which was inspected and approved by Chief Building Official Bob McLaughlin.

“My due diligence was done,” Mr. Zugan said at the meeting on Feb. 2. “I went to the authorities in my opinion, which was Geauga, Lake and the Cuyahoga County Metroparks system. We saw a bunch of different facilities.”

He said that the structure will have a cedar shake roof with a stone bottom. There is beige colored horizontal siding and chocolate milk-colored cedar shakes. Mr. Zugan mentioned bringing in deciduous and non-deciduous landscaping around the restroom and making sure to deter the local deer.

“It blends well with our very popular playground that we installed that has that woodsy, wilderness kind of feel,” he explained.

The restroom will be located in front of the volleyball court between the playground and the basketball court, Mr. Zugan said, making it centrally located at the park. Mayor Kathy Mulcahy said that they plan to screen the doors into the restroom with landscaping.

Councilman Jud Kline said that the restroom structure could be rotated so it has direct visibility from the Orange Village Police Department, which is located in the north wing of Village Hall. The park is next to Village Hall. Mr. Kline said that if people think they are being watched, they will be less likely to do something inappropriate.

Mayor Mulcahy said that if the restroom was rotated in the way that Mr. Kline suggested, then the entrance would be visible from Lander Road. She said that the restroom will be locked from dusk to dawn and Police Chief Chris Kostura can offer his thoughts before they make changes. Several other people present at the meeting also weighed in on the subject.

“As a parent, I would not want the doors facing away from the park,” Mr. McLaughlin said. “I would want to know if my kid actually went into the bathroom.” Commission member Eric Newland and Councilwoman Staci Vincent agreed.

Mr. Kline also said that the structure should use “anti-graffiti” surfaces. Mr. Zugan said that the exterior and interior structures are anti-graffiti to avoid property damage. In addition, he noted that there will be frost-free hose bibs so that service employees can hose down the inside of the structure to clean it.

Julie Hullett has been a reporter for the Chagrin Valley Times since August of 2018 and covers Gates Mills, Hunting Valley, Moreland Hills, Orange, Pepper Pike and Woodmere. She graduated from John Carroll University with a journalism degree in 2018.

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