A Summit County Common Pleas judge has ruled that the closing of a portion of Rothrock Road to block traffic to a proposed new Walmart and Sam's Club in Copley Township is legal.
Judge Alison McCarty ruled that the city of Fairlawn can legally shut down access to the road and can potentially erect permanent barricades to block the road.
Copley Township filed the suit about a year ago against Fairlawn over the barriers that were put in place on the busy road. The township claims the city closed the road in retaliation after they learned of the plans to move the stores from Fairlawn into Copley.
McCarty stated in her ruling that the city of Fairlawn wanted to protect the residential neighborhood that would be affected by the development. McCarty stated that Copley was not able to prove the city acted in bad faith.
Currently, a Sam's Club and a Walmart are in the Rosemont Commons shopping center.
A copy of Judge Alison McCarty's ruling is attached to this story.