Nestle USA seeks to build a new research and development building in Solon, but must ask the voters to rezone a residential parcel first.
News of the expansion effort was applauded by members of the city administration and Solon City Council Monday, when officials from Nestle came to tell them about the project.
Roberto Reniero, the head of research and development for Nestle in Solon, said the expansion is needed to support the company's frozen food business here and around the globe.
But the expansion will require a zoning amendment approved by voters because the land in question is zoned residential. Nestle already owns the property.
Nestle submitted its petition with 1,500 signatures on Aug. 12. The company needs a bit less than 1,000 to check out so the petition can be certified and the amendment placed on the ballot.
The petition must be sent to the county elections office within 60 days of the election.
A majority of voters in the city, as well as in Ward 5, will have to vote yes for the measure to pass.
The project site is located in Ward 5, off Cannon Road near Hawthorne Parkway. Councilwoman Nancy Meany said she knows residents in the ward have questions and she looks forward to making sure everyone is educated.
"I am looking forward to cooperating with my residents as well as Nestle so we can come to a good understanding," Meany said.
Nestle is the city's top employer and the company produces a number of its frozen-food brands at its facilities off of U.S. 422.
"It's important for the city of Solon," said Ward 4 Councilman Bill Mooney. "This solidifies their position in our city."
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