Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The opening of Starbucks, Menchies and more businesses is getting closer.
The new building at Solon Village will soon be opened for its new tenants to start prepping for their grand openings. Planning Director Rob Frankland said that developer Echo Solon expects to open the building for its tenants -- including Starbucks, Menchie's and others -- on Oct. 1. It's unclear right now when the businesses will open, but we'll report that information as soon as we can. Frankland said the city has received sign applications from Starbucks, Menchies, UPS and GNC. He expects to receive more applications in the coming weeks. Starbucks will be located in the northern end of the new building, and will have a drive thru. The building has been under construction the past few months, and will be the first part of the multi-step …
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Echo Solon will now receive a grant of up to $200,000 for building a high-end Giant Eagle Market District store at the plaza.
Echo Solon will now receive $200,000 grant from the city for redeveloping Solar Center into the new Solon Village shopping plaza. The city had already agreed to pay the developer up to $140,000 for its $16.9 million investment at the plaza. But with the news that the new Giant Eagle will now be a high-end Market District store, the city decided to increase the grant to $200,000. Under the revised agreement, the grant would be paid in a three-year period, with $50,000 each in the first and second year and $100,000 in the third year. City Council members praised Echo Solon for their hard work on the project, and are pleased to bring the Cleveland area its first Market District store. "I've gotten a ton of comments that residents are so …
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Plans for a new Starbucks at the redesigned Solar Center will be heard by the Solon Safety and Public Properties Committee at 6 p.m. in City Hall.
Starbucks wants a drive-thru at its new Solon location. Tonight, the proposal will go before Solon's safety and public properties committee. Starbucks will be part of a new retail building to be built at Solon Village, formerly the Solar Shopping Center, at the corner of SOM Center and Aurora roads. The plan is to build a drive-thru and fenced in patio at Starbucks, which is slated to go at the north end of the new building. Those plans will go before the safety committee at tonight's meeting, scheduled for 6 p.m. at City Hall. Echo Solon, the plaza's new owner and developer, plans to break ground on Solon Village later this month. The building pegged as the future home of Starbucks is expected to be complete later this year. The new Solon…
Monday, April 2, 2012
The city council meets tonight at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
It's all come down to this. After weeks of discussion and debate, the Solon City Council is expected to vote today on plans for a new Giant Eagle, and redeveloped Solar Shopping Center, in Solon. Residents have been waiting a long time for a new, modern grocery store in the center of town, and it looks like they'll be getting one soon. If the project is approved, as anticipated, developer Echo Solon expects to begin work almost immediately with hopes to open the new Giant Eagle in summer 2013. To catch up before the meeting at City Hall, here's a roundup of all of the coverage we've had on this issue:
Friday, March 30, 2012
The city council meets at Monday at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
It's all come down to this. After weeks of discussion and debate, the Solon City Council is expected to vote Monday on plans for a new Giant Eagle, and redeveloped Solar Shopping Center, in Solon. Residents have been waiting a long time for a new, modern grocery store in the center of town, and it looks like they'll be getting one soon. If the project is approved, as anticipated, developer Echo Solon expects to begin work almost immediately with hopes to open the new Giant Eagle in summer 2013. To catch up before Monday's meeting at City Hall, here's a roundup of all of the coverage we've had on this issue:
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
The city council hopes to approve plans for a remade Solar Shopping Center, including a new Giant Eagle, in early April.
The Solon City Council will be moving quickly to approve plans for a new Giant Eagle and redesigned Solar Shopping Center, but council members stressed that they would give the project a thorough review. Vice Mayor Ed Kraus said the council will likely review the project three times: The initial review on Monday, a second round of discussions on March 19 and then the final review April 2, when a vote is expected. Developer Echo Solon is looking to redesign the Solar Shopping Center at the intersection of SOM Center and Aurora roads. The plan is to build a new, freestanding 92,000 square-foot Giant Eagle with an accompanying Getgo gas station. The developer also plans to redevelop or build new space for retail tenants. Echo Solon must …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Plans for a new Giant Eagle and rebuilt Solar Shopping Center would go to city council if the planning commission gives its blessing tonight.
The Solon Planning Commission is expected to vote tonight on plans for a redesigned Solar Shopping Center, including a new, free-standing Giant Eagle. The Planning Commission meets at 7:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall. The commission has been considering the project for the last month, going over traffic studies, landscape plans and considering a slew of variances developer Echo Solon needs before it can build. The Solar Shopping Center sits in the middle of town at the SOM Center and Aurora roads intersection. Echo Solon, a local arm of Echo Realty, wants to build a new, freestanding 92,000 square foot Giant Eagle and redesign the rest of the plaza. Solon officials are supporting the project, calling it the first major upgrade of a shopping …
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The safety committee and police and fire chiefs said they had no problems with the traffic flow for the redesigned Solar Shopping Center.
The Solon safety committee signed off Wednesday on the site plan for a redesigned Solar Center, including a new . Wednesday's action was needed before the project can receive final approval from the city, came after the committee received a briefing from the city's traffic engineer. The committee examined the site plan from a safety perspective. Traffic Engineer Kevin Westbrooks told the committee that the reconfigured shopping center should have roughly the same amount of traffic since all the access points will remain the same and the square footage of commercial space will only increase slightly. "Because of access points not changing, the size not changing and uses that are going to be somewhat similar, we didn’t see a need for big …
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Echo Solon has continued to submit its required plans for a new Giant Eagle and if things stay on schedule, City Council could be considering it in March
The developer hoping to build a new Giant Eagle in Solon continues to submit its plans to remake the Solar Shopping Center. If the project remains on schedule, the Solon Planning Commission could be prepared to vote on the project Feb. 28, setting up city council for a March vote. The planning commission is expected to discuss the project again at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight at City Hall. The safety committee is expected to discuss aspects of the project, including traffic, during a special meeting Wednesday at 6 p.m. Developer Echo Solon is working on a tight schedule, since the company must receive city approval by April 12 to complete the purchase with the shopping center's current owners. Echo Solon's plans call for demolishing …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Echo Solon will present its plans to the Solon Planning Commission tonight at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall.
Plans to redevelop Solar Shopping Center and build a new Giant Eagle will require as many as 20 variances and approvals from the Solon Planning Commission, which will begin its consideration of the project tonight. The commission will receive its first presentation on the plans from developer Echo Solon at its meeting tonight, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Despite the high number of variances - for setbacks, green space, sign locations and others -- planning officials are supporting the project, seeing it as a way to redevelop one of Solon's aging shopping plazas and accomplish one of the goals of the city's master plan. "If approved, the proposed Echo/Giant Eagle project would be the first redevelopment of a major shopping center …