Nestle Plans Public Open Houses With Rezoning on the Ballot
The company will hold public open houses on Oct. 6 and Oct. 20 as Solon residents prepare to vote on a rezoning that could allow Nestle to build a new R&D facility
Nestle has scheduled two public open houses in October to discuss the company's plans to build a new research and development facility in Solon.
Of course, Nestle's expansion plans depend on the public, which will vote Nov. 8 on whether to rezone property off Cannon Road for the facility. Nestle owns the property but right now it's zoned residential.
The open houses are set for Oct. 6 and Oct. 20, both from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Nestle building at 30003 Bainbridge Road.
"During the Open House events, our Nestlé R&D leadership team will be available to review the property map and building concepts we propose to pursue once rezoning has been achieved," Nestle spokeswoman Roz O'Hearn said in an email.
Nestle officials say the new research and development would help it expand its frozen food business. The facility will house as many as 120 to 140 workers, which would include 40 to 60 new jobs in Solon. Nestle is already Solon's top employer.
Nestle had to gather nearly 1,000 signatures to get the rezoning on the ballot. The company collected about 1,500.
Because the rezoning will be approved or denied in the ballot box, Nestle now has to court Solon residents and convince them the plan is sound and will benefit the city.
They will especially have to convince voters in Ward 5, where the project is located. Not only do a majority of the city voters have to approve the rezoning, but a majority in Ward 5 alone is also needed.
Some residents near the proposed facility have already expressed concerns about traffic and other related issues. Nestle officials said they are eager to work with the city, and will hold meetings with residents.