September 30, 2014

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Residents: Development should be put on the ballot

NORTH RIDGEVILLE — A group of residents opposed to rezoning for a commercial development at the southeast corner of Lorain and Bagley roads wants a citywide vote.
The residents submitted 1,142 signatures on referendum petitions last Wednesday, according to attorney Gerald Phillips. The residents need 929 valid signatures, or 10 percent of the voters who voted in the last general election, Phillips said. Mayor David Gillock said there’s a question whether the petitions were submitted on time because his office received them Thursday by certified mail, and the deadline for a referendum was Wednesday.
A nursing home is planned for the 13-acre site by Bagley Lorain Properties, a Bob Schmidt development, Gillock said.
The property was rezoned from an R-1 residential district to a special development district, which allows certain types of commercial development but requires setbacks that would be more attractive, Gillock said.
Resident Robert Glaser, who lives across Bagley Road from the site, said residents are concerned about the prospect of additional traffic if the area goes commercial.
The 13-acre site backs up to Cypress Station, an Oster Construction development containing Chesapeake Drive, Reading Way, Depot Street and Pennsylvania Drive.
A news release from Phillips said the rezoned area would be “smack dab in the middle of residentially zoned lands” and would be “bad use planning.”
But Gillock said he doubted the 13 acres would ever be developed into single-family homes with the turnpike overpass, a funeral home and vegetable stand nearby. However, if the referendum makes it to the ballot, Gillock said he would not actively campaign against it.
“It’s up to the people to decide — I’d let them make their own decision.” he said.
Contact Cindy Leise at 329-7245 or cleise@chroniclet.com.