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Solon residents fight 200-acre mixed development proposal next to their neighborhood

Posted: 11:57 PM, May 08, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-09 12:10:25Z
Solon residents fight 200 acre development deal
Solon residents fight 200 acre development deal
Solon residents fight 200 acre development deal
Solon residents fight 200 acre development deal

Dozens of residents living in Solon's Thornbury subdivision have some major concerns over the proposed development of 200 acres next to their neighborhood.

Barbara Shane, who has lived in the neighborhood for 16 years, told News 5 she is organizing a community meeting on May 14, in an attempt to get feedback from nearly 300 residents living in the subdivision.

Shane said Solon city leaders blindsided residents about a proposal to build a winery, a hotel and more on the 200 acres off of Bainbridge Road.

The property was recently purchased by BNH Enterprise Corp. out of Cleveland Heights.

Shane said the land is currently zoned for residential properties, but if the zoning is changed and mixed-use is approved, she's concerned it could be a safety issue and some homes in the subdivision could lose up to $200,000 in property value.

The developer wants to build a hotel, winery, a spa, underground parking, senior housing, and apartments," said Shane.

"We are concerned about our property values, and our safety."

"How are you going to get sewer systems to it, and road egress, Bainbridge Road is a two-way street."

Thornbury resident, Stephanie Chisling, is hoping Solon city council and Mayor Edward Kraus will set up a series of public meeting on the project.

Chisling believes residents have been left with very little information about the proposal.

'I was never given any information about this, but it impacts me greatly," said Chisling.

News 5 contacted the Solon Mayor's office and the developer, but we're still waiting for a response.

Meanwhile, Chisling is hoping city leaders will come forward in the coming weeks. 

"Mayor Krause, why don’t you hear the residents and share the information that you know," said Chisling.

"Let’s try to get to the bottom of what’s truly being proposed for this land."