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Council approves townhomes

HPR unveils 2nd downtown development
This concept rendering of four townhomes was presented along wih a site plan approved by Solon City Council members Feb. 7 for two lots formerly used for parking by Brosh Chapel and The AvaCentre on East Main Street. (courtesy City of Solon)

SOLON– Another new building is going up on Main Street.
At a Feb. 7 meeting, members of the Solon City Council approved a site plan for four townhouses to occupy the former Brosh Chapel parking lot.
The proposal was put forward by HPR Investments, the same group completing construction of a mixed-use, two-story structure west of Big Grove Brewery, known as 121 on Main.
Mark Pattison, representing HPR Investments, told council members the 1,500-square-foot units would feature slab patios in front and two-car garages in back list priced between $275,000 and $290,000.
“Essentially we bought this lot about a year ago, we considered it a number of times, to do something commercial there,” Pattison said.
But parking requirements reduced the available building footprint to between 5,000- and 6,000-square-feet, he added.
“And that end of Main Street doesn’t seem to be the place really to put commercial at this juncture,” he said.
Pattison noted the parcel, Lots 33 and 34 of the Original Town of Solon, is already zoned R-3, which allows for multifamily housing.
“So we just decided to stay with that and do more of an upscale kind of townhome-style, brownstone-style building,” he concluded.
According to City Administrator Cami Rasmussen, the site plan went before the Planning and Zoning Commission Jan. 30 and was recommended for approval, subject to comments by City Engineer Dave Schechinger, subsequently addressed.
“I think it’s a nice transition from a commercial downtown district into what is still considered Main Street just up the street which is condo housing, single family housing,” council member Shawn Mercer commented. “I think it’s a great idea for the space you’ve got.”
Council member Lauren Whitehead questioned whether the design fit in aesthetically with existing Main Street structures and asked about landscaping.
The lot will be sodded with some plantings, Pattison said, noting arborvitae would be planted along the border with RJ’Z Express to the west.
Although the developers plan to sell the units, Pattison said, “If they weren’t to sell, we would rent them.”
“I appreciate that you filled the gap,” Whitehead said, noting the location close to downtown and a pond would make the property attractive. “It’s just kind of a sweet spot for a lot of things.”
“It gives us a price point in town we don’t have very frequently,” Pattison responded. “Most things are in the $300,000-plus range now.”
Council members approved the site plan unanimously.