BRECKSVILLE, Ohio — Plans by Medina developer W.J. Bailey Homes to construct a 15-lot subdivision off the south aspect of Miller Highway, simply west of Interstate 77, might not come to fruition.
The Brecksville Planning Fee in February mentioned the proposal, due no less than partly to the presence of wetlands, would overdevelop the property, in line with assembly minutes.
Fee member Dominic Sciria requested Bailey to think about constructing 5 – 6 “estate-style” properties on the land as an alternative.
Additional, a bunch of about 10 to 15 residents dwelling close to the positioning has employed an legal professional to oppose the plan as introduced by Bailey. The group, calling itself Residents for Sensibility, are nervous that the event would worsen flooding on their properties, draw an excessive amount of extra site visitors and decrease their property values.
“My group believes this isn’t a buildable lot and that they (Bailey) try to jam this improvement in for financial causes,” John Swansinger, the legal professional representing Residents For Sensibility, informed cleveland.com final week.
“We try to carry the developer and the Planning Fee accountable and ensure this plan is correctly vetted,” Swansinger mentioned.
William Bailey, of W.J. Bailey Properties, didn’t return emails asking whether or not he would change his plan to 5 – 6 properties, as Sciria urged.
It was a couple of 12 months in the past that Bailey first proposed the event, now dubbed Hidden Hole, for 4 heaps totaling about 20 acres between Katherine Boulevard to the east and Barr Road to the west. The positioning is behind present residential parcels on each Miller and Barr.
The subdivision web site is about 1 mile west of Valor Acres, a multiple-use improvement proposed for the previous web site of the U.S. Division of Veterans Affairs hospital at Miller and Brecksville roads.
The Sherwin-Williams Co. plans to construct a research-and-development middle in Valor Acres, which could additionally embody shops, eating places, residences, lodges, hospitals and/or manufacturing vegetation.
Initially, Bailey proposed 17 properties on a brand new avenue main south off Miller. Wetlands had been a difficulty from the start, and no less than partly led to Bailey decreasing the variety of heaps to 16, then 15.
In August, metropolis Engineer Gerald Sensible questioned whether or not Bailey might construct on some heaps, as a consequence of wetlands there. At a earlier fee assembly, Sensible mentioned that wetlands restrictions might prohibit slicing timber, altering grades, growing site visitors and constructing fences, playground and swimming pools, amongst different improvement actions.
At a February fee assembly, Sciria discovered issues with 5 heaps as a result of they encroached wetlands. By that point, he had additionally puzzled if Bailey might even promote some heaps due to their proximity to high-tension energy traces.
Fee members mentioned that though the heaps met the town’s dimension necessities, they needed to contemplate different components, together with stormwater drainage.
Randy Zack, a Miller Highway resident, informed the fee that the brand new entrance highway to Hidden Hole would run about 30 toes from his residence. He mentioned his basement has flooded greater than 30 instances over time and he was involved that Hidden Hole would trigger extra stormwater to stream onto his property.
Anna McCallion of Miller Highway mentioned her property can be ceaselessly moist and that stormwater is typically is knee deep in her again yard. She additionally raised considerations about present site visitors and rushing automobiles on Miller.
Kathy Roberts of Miller Highway mentioned Hidden Hole appeared like an overdevelopment.
Dale Piscura of Barr Highway mentioned he invested $17,000 in a brand new septic tank system after the town informed him in 2018 that no new sanitary sewers had been deliberate for the world. Piscura mentioned if Hidden Hole is constructed, he can be required beneath state regulation to faucet into the brand new subdivision’s sanitary sewers, which might value him extra cash.
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