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Brunswick City

Medina County, Ohio

Brunswick City Hall is located at 4095 Center Road, Brunswick, OH 44212.
Phone: 330‑558‑6826.


Beginnings [1]

The City of Brunswick is located in the northeastern portion of the Medina County. It is surrounded by Brunswick Hills Township to the south and west, Hinckley Township to the east and the City of Strongsville, in Cuyahoga County, to the north. The area now known as the City of Brunswick was originally part of the Connecticut Western Reserve land grant from King James I of England to the Plymouth Company on November 3, 1630. In 1795 the Connecticut Land Company purchased over three million acres of land from the federal government and the land was surveyed and laid out in townships. Unrest among the area's Native American inhabitants and the War of 1812 forestalled the arrival of European settlers in the Township of Brunswick until 1815. Brunswick remained a primarily farming and agricultural community until the mid 1950's when it started to experience significant growth. One factor that contributed to Brunswick's growth was the establishment of Chevrolet and Ford plants in the area.

Brunswick was incorporated as a Village in January 1960 but by October of the same year Brunswick's form of government changed again and it was established as a City under the provisions of the Ohio Revised Code. The City of Brunswick functioned under a mayor-city council form of government from 1960 until January 1975 when changed to a city manager-city council structure. Brunswick's location, equidistant between the Cities of Cleveland and Akron, and within close proximity to major interstate highways, Cleveland Hopkins Airport and the Port of Greater Cleveland, has also contributed to the City's industrial and residential growth.

Over the years, community leaders have strived to accommodate a balance of residential, commercial and industrial activity within the City. Three industrial parks have been developed that provide approximately 440 acres for industrial uses within the City. The industrial parks are located close to I-71 and Center Road (SR 303). Within the City, Center Road has been reconstructed into a five-lane highway and is credited with helping to increase commercial and industrial development.

The intersection of Pearl Road and Route 303 was the historic town center. At one time two general stores, a post office, churches, a blacksmith and several other stores were located there and provided all the goods and services that farmers and their families needed. The area was also the site where important news was obtained and popular social events were held.

However, as the City grew into a suburban community, development patterns changed and the town center became obscured. In 1997 and 1999, the City purchased 143 acres about 1.5 miles east of the historic town center and is in the process of developing the Brunswick "Town Center" Project. Brunswick Lake will be the centerpiece of the development and the new "Town Center" will provide retail and residential opportunities, offices, and civic establishments.

  1. Peter J. Smith and Company, Inc. and City of Brunswick Steering Committee, City of Brunswick Comprehensive Plan: Designing Our Future, 2005, www.brunswick.oh.us, accessed July, 2015.

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