SOLON, Ohio — The Hawthorne Golf Estates senior housing proposal would seemingly fill a void within the metropolis for individuals ages 50 to 70, Metropolis Council was advised Monday (June 15).
Throughout a public listening to on the plan, venture supervisor Larry Apple additionally advised council that the venture can be financially helpful to the town.
The proposal would rezone about 32 acres adjoining to Hawthorne Valley Golf Membership to permit for 105 single-family properties for individuals 50 and older.
It will require a zoning change that council goals to put on the November poll.
“There’s a niche within the metropolis of Solon for these 50 to 70 years of age who purchased homes, raised their households and now need maintenance-free properties with a first-floor grasp (bed room) and no yard to fret about,” Apple stated.
“Solon owners are shifting to Aurora, Orange, Twinsburg, Pepper Pike and Mayfield Heights to new empty-nester, maintenance-free housing,” he continued. “Solon owners deserve a selection. Hawthorne Golf Estates will give them a possibility to remain right here.”
Apple made his presentation by calling in to the digital assembly, held remotely and live-streamed on the town’s web site. It was council’s first public listening to on the rezoning proposal.
The town’s Planning Fee really helpful the proposal to council for approval after public hearings Might 12 and Might 26.
Apple famous that Solon’s inhabitants is growing older. He cited figures indicating that from 2010 to 2017, the town’s inhabitants over age 50 elevated virtually 15 %, to virtually 40 %.
Throughout this similar seven-year interval, the town’s whole inhabitants was “stagnant, truly declining barely,” he stated.
The town has a historical past of zoning land to accommodate the wants of senior residents, Apple stated.
As examples, he cited the event of Solon Pointe at Emerald Ridge, a talented nursing facility; Emerald Ridge of Solon, an assisted residing facility; and the Carrington Court docket senior residences, conveniently situated close to the Solon Senior Middle and Solon Group Middle.
Now the Vitalia Energetic Grownup Group, one other senior condo complicated, is below building and is predicted to open this summer season, Apple added.
“However these developments primarily serve individuals over 75,” he stated.
As well as, the proposal would obtain one of many main targets of the town’s grasp plan, Apple stated: “to advertise the creation of recent senior citizen housing alternatives to allow Solon residents to proceed to stay inside the group as their housing wants change.”
Monetary advantages touted
The parcel being thought of for the housing improvement presently generates about $6,000 per yr in property taxes for the town, Apple stated.
However upon completion of the venture, the rezoned land would carry greater than $1 million in income to the town and Solon Metropolis Faculties, Apple stated. He estimated that the college district would obtain about $650,000 of that whole in property taxes.
“Additionally, the event could have non-public streets with trash and upkeep not finished at metropolis expense,” he stated.
A legally binding deed restriction would protect the prevailing golf course — protecting about 150 acres — if the rezoning is authorised, Apple stated. In earlier conferences, he had stated the proposal would assure preservation of the golf course land in perpetual inexperienced house by way of a “conservation easement” that will take impact with the zoning change.
The golf course, at 27840 Aurora Street, closed on the finish of 2018.
When requested in an interview why the change was produced from a conservation easement to a deed restriction, Apple stated legal professionals for the town — in conversations with legal professionals for Hawthorne Golf Estates — determined to vary it.
“My understanding is the impact is considerably the identical,” he stated. “Each present that the land be shielded from the (housing) improvement.”
Nevertheless, the change in terminology was a problem for the 2 individuals who known as in to the general public listening to: Kyle Baker, director of actual property for the Cleveland Metroparks, and Kate Chapel, senior venture supervisor for Tinker’s Creek Watershed Companions in Twinsburg.
“I’d encourage the town to protect the property with a conservation easement, versus a declaration of restriction or a deed restriction,” Baker stated. “A conservation easement permits a conservation company to observe compliance.”
Apple had famous that the proposed properties can be accessed from Hawthorn Parkway — a Metroparks street — and that his group is within the means of offering extra particulars to the Metroparks board, which had indicated that it wanted extra particulars on the roadway entry earlier than it might approve its use.
Apple additionally stated that the Metroparks board had requested a site visitors research be finished to find out site visitors ranges on that avenue. He stated that will be supplied.
“Mr. Apple stated they’d conform to do a site visitors research and would agree in precept on upkeep of the Parkway,” Baker stated. “However we want to work with them and the town to enter right into a improvement settlement that features Cleveland Metroparks that addresses these points, similar to upkeep of the Parkway and the site visitors on Aurora and Solon roads.”
Chapel stated Tinker’s Creek Watershed Companions — a water high quality monitoring program — is the nonprofit that restores the Tinker’s Creek watershed, which connects with the golf course.
“I echo what Kyle has stated in encouraging a conservation easement slightly than a deed restriction, so this may be monitored for its ecological well being,” she stated. “So I’d simply ask the council to take that into consideration.”
Apple stated the proposal to guard the golf course land from improvement is much like what has been finished with Acacia Reservation, a 155-acre inexperienced house in Lyndhurst, and the 194-acre Aurora Department Restoration Undertaking in Aurora.
“That is the kind of improvement that might happen on the prevailing Hawthorne Golf Course,” he stated.
Items begin at $350,000
Apple stated the properties can be a minimal of 1,500 sq. toes, every with an hooked up two-car storage and designed to accommodate a first-floor main bedroom. He anticipates models would begin at $350,000.
“There can be sidewalks all through the path and a considerable amount of inexperienced house,” he stated.
The brand new properties can be virtually one-third of a mile, or about 1,600 toes, from the closest homes on Aurora or Richmond roads, Apple stated.
“That is completely different from two earlier proposals of rezoning this land,” he stated. “The prior rezoning efforts had been for as much as 184 housing models on 62 acres, with many being duplex or triplex models.
“Additionally earlier than, there was a smaller setback from the Metroparks.”
Apple stated Hawthorne Golf Estates is keen to enter right into a improvement settlement with the town, in order that if the rezoning is authorised, there are requirements to information the positioning plan approval.
Vice Mayor and Ward 5 Councilwoman Nancy Meany requested metropolis Legislation Director Thomas Lobe in regards to the standing of the event settlement, noting “that’s definitely a giant a part of my consolation stage with approving this.”
Lobe stated Rob Frankland, the town’s director of planning and group improvement, remains to be engaged on the settlement with Lon Stolarsky, assistant legislation director, and that it might be disclosed after they end it.
The land is presently zoned R-1-D, single-family residential. The proposed R-2-A classification can be for one- and two-family senior citizen residential.
Bur Frankland has stated that the town’s planning division will advocate to council that the event settlement restrict the use to single-family models for this property.
“This fills a void that lots of people are searching for, to get right into a single-family 55 and older group,” Ward three Councilman Jeremy Zelwin stated.
“I do know my mother and father match into this demographic. They wish to keep on the town, and this may very well be someplace they wish to go. I just like the plan,” he stated.
Apple reminded residents that all the data he introduced and extra is on the market on the web site, hawthornegolfestates.com. They might additionally e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org or name 440-373-7740.
Meany stated the subsequent public listening to on the proposal can be at council’s subsequent assembly at 7:30 p.m. July 6. A 3rd public listening to would seemingly comply with July 20.
The deadline for native points to be filed with the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for the Nov. three poll is Aug. 5.
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