Strongsville News Archive
18 July 2013
Plans for senior housing developments:
Update: Strongsville voters will decide the rezoning issue
Residential project roundup:
- Local developer Abode proposed building luxury condominiums near the intersection of Cahoon and Wolf roads in Bay Village. In order to proceed, it needs a rezoning to be approved by City Council and by voters. Mayor Sutherland said it should be tax-abated, and City Council is considering the proposal.
- Construction is underway at two apartment buildings in Beachwood. Work on the new Commerce Park Apartments began in May, and it will offer 318 units at Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road. Construction of new apartments at the Four Seasons is also underway, and the new four-story building near Beachwood Place will include 141 units.
- In Brecksville, developers revived plans for the Woodlands of Snowville subdivision. The Brecksville Planning Commission approved plans for phases 1 and 1A, which call for 55 single-family houses on a 60-acre property at Snowville and Dewey roads.
- Plans for the Hidden Hills subdivision, also in Brecksville, are back underway after a multi-year delay. The plans for the development at Hillsdale and Parkview drive call for building 46 units.
- Conversion of the former Embassy Suites hotel at Reserve Square will add 218 units to downtown Cleveland's supply of apartments.
- Mariner's Watch is a planned high-end apartment building on Detroit Avenue between West 30th and 32nd streets. Developers anticipate that the four-story, 62-unit building will open in fall 2014. An earlier proposal called for developing condominiums on the site.
- Construction of the Langston at Cleveland State University is scheduled to be finished by August 1. Its first 100 apartments opened last year, and the completed project will include 318 units.
- Work is underway on the Trailside Slavic Village subdivision in Cleveland. The development between Aetna Road, East 71st Street, and East 72nd Street is slated to include 95 single-family houses, townhouses, and cottages. Meanwhile, the Ohio EPA announced that brownfield remediation has been completed at the Morgana East property.
- Local developers unveiled plans for the University Place townhouses, a 20-unit for-sale development on East 118th Street in University Circle. Another Cleveland developer plans to convert a building at Euclid Avenue and East 115th Street into housing for Cleveland Institute of Art students.
- Plans for the five-unit second phase of the Clifton Pointe townhouses were approved by review boards and Lakewood City Council. The City also approved a 10-year, 100% tax abatement. Construction is expected to begin shortly.
- The Strongsville Planning Commission okayed two Pulte Homes projects. Developers in Strongsville are seeking approval for several housing subdivisions.
Update: a groundbreaking ceremony
was held for Clifton Pointe II on July 24.
29 May 2013
Leaders in Strongsville hope that funding from the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission will be used to build more noise barriers along the Ohio Turnpike and Interstate 71. In addition, a Strongsville city councilman says that the City should pursue funding for a new highway interchange at I-71 and Boston Road.
18 April 2013
16 January 2013
The developer of the planned Edgebrook subdivision in Strongsville hopes to begin construction soon. The 80-unit cluster home development off of Westwood Drive across from Hollo Oval will include a variety of housing styles.
02 January 2013
Civil engineering consultants for the City of Strongsville are updating plans for the second phase of the Foltz Parkway extension project. The project would open about 137 acres in the Strongsville Business and Technology Park for development.
Update: ODOT awarded a $215,000 grant to the City for the extension project.
19 November 2012
This month's election included the following issues (PDF):
In Summit County, Green residents voted to ban casino gambling and horse racing.
Visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections for complete results.
20 August 2012
08 August 2012
Greater Cleveland residential projects in the news:
Update: a West Shore Sun
editorial says that "things are looking up
" for Rockport Shopping Center in Rocky River.
Update 2: Cleveland Heights Patch has more information about the plans for the Meadowbrook-Lee development.
29 June 2012
The Cleveland Metroparks celebrated the opening of Royalview Trail, a 10.1-mile mountain bike trail in the Mill Stream Run Reservation in Strongsville. The trail cost about $50,000 and took nine months to build.
26 May 2012
Southwest General broke ground on its $128 million expansion project. It includes a new emergency room, a critical care unit, and an underground parking garage. Construction is scheduled for completion in late 2015. Meanwhile, MetroHealth began construction of its Middleburg Heights November Family Health Center. When its first building opens next year, the 57,000-square-foot facility will replace the Strongsville Health Center.
10 April 2012
14 March 2012
Strongsville residents approved a rezoning issue for a proposed Market District supermarket on Pearl Road. Construction of the 110,000-square-foot store could begin as early as July. Opponents said they lacked the time to properly organize. Voters also approved a rezoning for a potential expansion of Strongsville United Church of Christ on Royalton Road.
01 March 2012
Plans for several local housing subdivisions have been in the news:
21 February 2012
Giant Eagle modified its plans for a Market District store in Strongsville, increasing the size of the proposed buffer adjacent to neighboring houses. Councilman Matt Schonhut favors the project. The Sun News endorsed the rezoning issue, calling it "a development Strongsville residents can live with." Company officials said they would not come back to voters if the rezoning issue fails.
Update: proponents and opponents of the project are debating its merits.
12 January 2012
30 November 2011
Giant Eagle wants to build a 92,600-square-foot supermarket and a gas station on the 13.5-acre Strongsville Golf property on Pearl Road. The new store would replace the existing Giant Eagle next to SouthPark Center. The site's zoning is currently spit between residential and recreation/restaurant classifications, and City Council voted to place the rezoning on the March ballot.
Update: Rust Wire criticized the project, calling it a prime example of urban sprawl.
10 October 2011
Leaders in Berea anticipate adopting Cuyahoga County Executive FitzGerald's anti-poaching agreement, while Highland Heights City Council rejected the agreement. Strongsville officials are considering the proposal.
Update: the Sun Messenger says that Highland Heights City Council wants more information on the plan before deciding.
04 October 2011
Several local residential projects are under construction or being planned.
14 September 2011
The first phase of the Pearl Road widening project in Strongsville is complete and the road was officially reopened last week. Mayor Perciak said it would open 500 acres off of Foltz Parkway for industrial development.
09 September 2011
Strongsville City Council selected planner Robert Hill to prepare an update of the City's master plan. He expects to complete the work in three months.
03 June 2011
Strongsville City Council is expected to approve the plans for the Cedar Creek Estates subdivision on Monday. The City's Planning Commission approved the development (PDF) in February.
28 February 2011
Construction of the Renaissance Park shopping center in Strongsville remains stalled while its former developer's bankruptcy issues remain unsettled. The Timberstone Group of Toledo filed for bankruptcy in September 2009.
25 February 2011
A developer hopes to build Cedar Creek Estates, a 12-house large-lot subdivision in northern Strongsville. In Rocky River, construction and sales of the upscale Eleven River condominiums continue.
Update: the Strongsville Planning Commission approved the plans for Cedar Creek Estates.
03 January 2011
Strongsville City Council approved the creation of the City's third tax increment financing district, the second along Pearl Road. The TIF district is expected to help fund the second phase of the Pearl Road widening project.
18 October 2010
The Strongsville Planning Commission approved plans for phase four of the Woods of Schneider Reserve subdivision at Whitney and Webster roads. Pulte Homes intends to build 35 single-family houses, and may begin construction as early as next month.
17 June 2010
Strongsville officials are marketing a 169-acre property at the end of Foltz Parkway in the Strongsville Business and Technology Park. Another 300-acre site is adjacent to the city-owned property. The area is the largest greenfield site in Cuyahoga County.
08 June 2010
14 May 2010
Issue 46 failed by 25 votes in Strongsville's Ward 4, according to unofficial election results. Developers will wait for an official tally on the rezoning issue before deciding their next steps.
06 May 2010
Issue 29 (residential rezoning): passed
Issue 44 (industrial rezoning): passed
Issue 46 (retail rezoning): uncertain; apparently failed
For complete results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.
26 April 2010
Issue 46 in Strongsville is a proposal to rezone portions of a 1.4-acre site at the southeastern corner of Royalton and Prospect roads from residential to retail. Heritage Development Company wants to build a 25,000-square-foot drug store and a 25,000-square-foot strip mall on the wooded property.
24 February 2010
The City of Strongsville is seeking approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for the second phase of the Foltz Parkway extension project. It involves filling streams and wetlands for a planned expansion of the Strongsville Business & Technology Park.
23 February 2010
The Ohio Turnpike published the results (PDF) of its noise mitigation pilot project. The study found that the T-top concrete noise walls installed in Berea were more effective than the median-mounted acoustic panels tested in Strongsville. The Turnpike Commission will consider the findings and decide its next steps.
15 January 2010
14 November 2009
The new 147,244-square-foot Costco in Strongsville is scheduled to open next week. Meanwhile, specialty grocer Chandler & Rudd in Shaker Heights closed earlier this month after 145 years of business.
13 October 2009
Testing for the Ohio Turnpike's noise mitigation pilot project concluded on Friday, and nearby residents said that the sound barriers made a difference. The Turnpike Commission will now review the results of the study and identify next steps. Adding barriers where needed would cost an estimated $39 million.
25 September 2009
After some delays, two types of noise barriers are being tested along the Ohio Turnpike in Berea and Strongsville through a noise mitigation pilot project.
04 September 2009
The expanded Wal-Mart on Pearl Road in Strongsville opened on Wednesday. The renovation doubled the size of the store and converted it to a supercenter.
Update: the Sun Star Courier has more details.
30 July 2009
Citing financial difficulties, Timberstone Group of Toledo dropped its plans to build to build more retail at Renaissance Park in Strongsville. The company's other project in Strongsville, a partially-completed outlot at SouthPark Center, is facing foreclosure.
10 July 2009
A noise mitigation pilot project is underway at sites along the Ohio Turnpike in Berea and Strongsville. A final report on the effectiveness of the sound barriers should be ready in September. Meanwhile, the Ohio Department of Transportation is considering the installation of noise walls along I-90 in Tremont, and is gathering public feedback on the proposal.
22 June 2009
The City of Strongsville is requesting proposals for planning and design services to assist in the development of an architectural identity.
18 March 2009
Costco has received permits to build a 147,244-square-foot store at the new Plaza at SouthPark shopping center in Strongsville. The store is scheduled to open in November. When completed, the shopping center at I-71 and Royalton Road will have 300,000 square feet of retail space.
05 February 2009
02 February 2009
The expansion of the Renaissance Park shopping center at Pearl and Whitney Roads in Strongsville is proceeding, but at a slower pace than anticipated. The expansion of the nearby Wal-Mart should be completed by late spring or early summer.
26 December 2008
10 October 2008
Because of the changing financial climate, developers of the Renaissance Park retail development in Strongsville opted to use traditional financing instead of the TIF package approved last year.
28 September 2008
The Shaker Heights Landmark Commission gave its 2008 Preservation Awards to First Baptist Church, Plymouth Church, and the Shaker Heights City Schools. In Strongsville, the renovated Old Town Hall was formally reopened.
21 September 2008
Visconsi Companies announced that the Plaza at SouthPark will be anchored by a 147,000 square foot Costco. The shopping center under construction at I-71 and Route 82 in Strongsville will also include a Best Buy and a Bed Bath & Beyond. The stores are expected to open in fall 2009.
Update: the Sun Star has more information.
03 September 2008
Achievement Centers for Children completed the purchase of a 4.3 acre site on Royalton Road adjacent to Camp Cheerful in Strongsville. A hotel had been proposed for the site, but the new owners will keep it undeveloped.
15 August 2008
Demolition of the structures at Pearl and Whitney Roads in Strongsville is underway, and an expansion of the Renaissance Park shopping center will be built on the site. The first 6,200 square foot building in the 125,000 square foot development (PDF) will open in April.
30 June 2008
Site preparation is continuing for the retail development at I-71 and Route 82 in Strongsville, although no plans have been officially announced. Developer Visconsi Companies may reveal its plans in July.
13 June 2008
20 May 2008
Tecco's Next Level Sports Facility on Westwood Drive in Strongsville is being demolished and will be replaced by the Preserve at Westwood, a 90 unit residential subdivision.
31 March 2008
28 March 2008
Visconsi Companies has begun site preparation for the Plaza at Southpark, a retail development on 53 acres on Royalton Road near I-71 in Strongsville. The company would not comment on the project, but City officials say it will be anchored by a Costco.
25 March 2008
The City of Strongsville purchased an undeveloped 25 acre site on Lunn Road. The land is zoned for industrial development, and while the City plans to use it for recreation purposes, officials hope that it will eventually be developed.
21 March 2008
Construction of a 59,000 square foot addition to the Pearl Road Wal-Mart in Strongsville is expected to start this spring. When the expansion is complete, the store will become a supercenter.
07 March 2008
Issue 16 (residential rezoning): passed
Issues 17-25 (liquor law): passed
Issue 31 (church rezoning): passed
Issue 32 (office rezoning): passed
Issue 43 (Rockside Road rezoning): passed
Issue 44 (senior housing rezoning): failed
Issue 46 (Cook Avenue rezoning): passed
For complete Cuyahoga County results, visit the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections or Cleveland.com.
25 January 2008
The existing structures at I-71 and Royalton Road in Strongsville will be razed within the next few months to make way for a new retail development. Visconsi Companies is expected to reveal details about the project by March 1.
Achievement Centers for Children, which operates Camp Cheerful in Strongsville, agreed to purchase a five acre property adjacent to the camp, effectively canceling a proposal to built a hotel on the site. The organization does not intend to develop or sell the land.
18 January 2008
After withdrawing from the Senior Transportation Connection of Cuyahoga County last year, the Cities of Berea, Brook Park, and Strongsville reverted to their former municipal transportation systems. Middleburg Heights, on the other hand, will continue its participation in the Senior Transportation Connection.
04 December 2007
13 November 2007
Supporters of Camp Cheerful in Strongsville are opposed to a proposed rezoning to permit construction of a hotel on an adjacent site. They say that it would destroy the natural buffer around the camp.
26 October 2007
Developers are working to obtain municipal approval for the second phase of the Renaissance Park retail development in Strongsville. They continue to seek a TIF package for the 125,000 square foot project (PDF).
09 October 2007
Strongsville City Council dropped plans to extend Marks Road between Royalton Road and Albion Road. Mayor Perciak said that if the City "opened up Marks Road, it would become the Medina Highway."
21 September 2007
18 September 2007
07 September 2007
Construction of the first building on the Foltz Extension in the Strongsville Business & Technology Park has started. The CSC Group is building a new 48,500 square foot headquarters, which they plan to complete in about a year.
20 August 2007
06 August 2007
The owner of a 5.5 acre property on Royalton Road in Strongsville revived plans for building a hotel on the site, and applied for rezoning the property from office building to motorist service.
27 July 2007
The City of Strongsville did not receive a requested state grant to extend Foltz Industrial Parkway in the Strongsville Business Park, and City officials plan to apply for a $4 million Ohio Job Ready Sites grant next year.
06 July 2007
The Ohio Supreme Court upheld a lower court decision and rejected a citizen group's lawsuit over a proposed retail development on a 49 acre wooded property at Royalton Road and I-71. The decision may mark the end of a 14 year legal battle. A 2005 agreement with the city calls for 17 acres of the site to preserved as a conservation area.
15 June 2007
Strongsville's residential setback provision is the source of controversy among some residents, but City officials say they do not intend to change the zoning code.
04 May 2007
The transportation budget passed by Ohio legislators includes $500,000 over the next two years for an Ohio Turnpike Commission study and pilot program on reducing traffic noise. Local officials credited the four-city "Working Together to Make a Difference" group with drawing attention to the issue.
As part of an effort to raise public awareness about the emerald ash borer, the City of Strongsville will mark about 50 ash trees with ribbons during Emerald Ash Borer Awareness Week, May 20-26.
06 April 2007
The City of Strongsville received a $100,000 grant from the Ohio Cultural Facilities Commission for the restoration of Old Town Hall on Route 82. Restoration of the historic building is expected to cost in excess of $400,000.
Strongsville officials approved expansion plans for the Wal-Mart on Pearl Road, and a groundbreaking is expected within weeks. A 60,000 square foot addition will constructed for the existing 125,000 square foot store, which will be converted to a supercenter. They hope to complete construction by late summer.
30 March 2007
A year after a 4.5 acre site on Route 82 in Strongsville was cleared for the construction of a hotel, it appears that the development will not occur.
09 March 2007
Three cities may work together to upgrade traffic signals along an 11 mile stretch of Pearl Road. Middleburg Heights and Strongsville have approved the project, but Parma Heights is worried about funding its $42,000 portion of the project. 80% of the $1.9 million project was funded by federal CMAQ dollars.
26 January 2007
At the last of four public meetings, Turnpike officials, local leaders, and residents discussed the noise, flooding, and pollution generated by the Ohio Turnpike. Turnpike officials pledged to meet with community leaders within two months to discuss possible solutions.
10 January 2007
Visconsi Companies plans to build The Plaza at SouthPark, a 300,000 square foot retail center on 53 acres at I-71 and Royalton Road in Strongsville, across the street from SouthPark mall. The Ohio EPA will hold a public meeting about its potential impacts on water quality on January 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Strongsville Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.
08 January 2007
Some people in Northeast Ohio are leery of Maharishi's plans to build Peace Palaces in Brecksville, Mayfield Heights, Parma, and Strongsville because of poor experiences with properties he formerly owned in North Randall and Avon Lake.
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