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Developer's Desire To Build Restaurant Near Solon Village Snagged By Proposed Zoning Change

A developer's interest in building a restaurant on a parcel on Aurora Road would become problematic if the land is rezoned to an office district, which doesn't allow restaurants as permitted uses.

A developer who owns more than 2 acres near Solon Village on Aurora Road wants to build a restaurant on that commercially-zoned land.

But city planners want to revert the land, once slated to be part of a redevelopment of the Solar Center shopping plaza, back to office zoning.

Restaurants are not permitted uses in office zoning.

Planning Director Rob Frankland told City Council Tuesday night that Percap Realty Ltd., a former partner in past efforts to redevelop Solar Center, owns the 2.5-acre parcel in question and would like to build a restaurant on the property.

Frankland also said he has been receiving calls from restaurants inquiring about building on that land.

City Council on the property in May as city planners figure out what to do with it.

On Tuesday, Frankland said both the planning commission and the master plan committee have recommended rezoning the land back to office.

When Solon voters decided to rezone the Solar Center in 2009 so the outdated shopping plaza could be developed, a key piece was an undeveloped 2.5 acre parcel along Aurora Road.

So the shopping plaza, and that parcel, were rezoned from office to a commercial district.

But now, with , that parcel is no longer important to the development efforts, but is still zoned commercially.

Frankland said converting the land back to office zoning would be a better transition from the shopping plaza to the residential area just to the east, the Carrington Court senior apartments. It's also still zoned office across the street, so that makes better sense from a planning perspective.

City council scheduled a public hearing on the matter for its next meeting later in September.

The item would have to be put on the ballot, but that likely won't happen until May.

Suzi Castiglione September 06, 2012 at 12:21 PM
First question would be if there is demand for office space or would this be something that would sit empty? Empty as offices or filled as a restaurant?
Chris Mazzolini (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Good point! It's a positive that the voters will ultimately get to decide how this land is zoned.
Mark Yax September 25, 2012 at 04:57 PM
The City should make the developers an offer on this property. This parcel makes a great buffer between the shopping center and the senior complex and would make a great little park with walkways and picnic tables where people could relax and enjoy what little natural areas in Solon are left. We have the "Tree City USA" designation but are quick to defoliate any property in the name of development.
Mark Yax September 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
And besides Office Space is saturated all over town with buildings vacant for years. Does Solon really need another restaurant?

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