Developer might submit plans for senior housing
By Bob Sandrick, Northeast Ohio Media Group April 7, 2014 at 4:55 PM
STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – A Cleveland developer, who last year proposed independent senior housing on Howe Road, may submit formal plans to the city within two months.
That is what Brent Painter, Strongsville economic director, told Northeast Ohio Media Group Monday. He said he had spoken to the developer that same day.
The developer is Bill Boyer, president of First North Corp. and co-owner of KidsFirst Learning Center in Strongsville. The senior-housing community would stand next to KidsFirst.
Painter said city officials met at least once with Boyer about possible senior-housing designs on Howe but nothing is firm. Boyer did not return calls from NEOMG.
Last year, Boyer proposed a 75-100-unit, multiple-story senior apartment building for people 50 and older. It would cost about $10 million to build. Amenities would include dining, entertainment, health and recreational sections.
In November, voters rezoned 3.9 acres from single-family to senior-housing to make the project possible. It happened even though City Council voted against placing the rezoning on the ballot.
Council rejected Boyer’s rezoning request because it did not have enough time to refer the matter to the Planning Commission, scheduled a public hearing 30 days after the commission meeting and then vote on the rezoning before the Cuyahoga County Board of Election Aug. 7 filing deadline. Each step is required by law.
However, Boyer gathered more than 2,500 signatures and placed the rezoning on the ballot through an initiative petition, which city code allows.
Image – Strongsville officials may see a plan for senior housing on Howe Road within two months. (Bob Sandrick/Northeast Ohio Media Group)