September 22, 2014

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New development planned for old Avon golf course

AVON — A developer is planning a new housing development along Detroit Road, but there are a few hurdles still to clear before plans can move forward.

According to Avon Planning Coordinator Jim Piazza, Ryan Homes is planning a 111-home subdivision on the site of the old Avondale Golf Club, 38490 Detroit Road.

Avondale Golf Club, which opened in 1974, closed last year after being in full operation through spring, Piazza said.

“It’s amazing how quickly a golf course turns to a field,” Piazza said. “Within three weeks, you couldn’t tell what used to be a green.”

Piazza said preliminary plans were approved in January, but drainage and sanitary sewer hookup issues stalled development.

“There are some engineering issues that are still outstanding even after this long,” Piazza said.

Piazza said sanitary sewers need to be brought across Long Road for tie-in to the city’s main trunk.

Delays happened because developers needed to obtain an easement from a neighboring property owner in order to access the sewer trunk, he added.

“It’s been a very complex development,” Piazza said. “They got the easement from the neighboring property owner last month. Now final engineering came in and there were some minor issues that need to be answered.”

There will be one access point on Detroit Road for the new development, Piazza said, and future streets will connect to the Briar Lake subdivision on the east and the Amberwood subdivision on the west.

Piazza said the developer wants plans to be on the Aug. 11 City Council agenda because it hopes to start breaking ground for the project this fall. If all goes well, and winter treats Northeast Ohio kindly, houses could begin going up in the spring, he added.

Phase 1 of the project will include ground work and the construction of 35 to 40 homes, Piazza said.

A special meeting of the Avon Planning Commission regarding the development will be 5 p.m. July 30 at Avon City Hall. Piazza said he expects engineering issues to be resolved by that time.

Contact Jon Wysochanski at 329-7123 or jwysochanski@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonWysochanski.


  • Sis Delish

    Making more homes for departing Elyrians.

  • Otter

    Yippie, more traffic, and maybe even another traffic light added to the nightmare that is Detroit road!

  • golfingirl

    Where are the deer going to live now?

    Can’t move to Avon Lake, where they will be shot!

    (sarcasm intended)

  • oldruss

    It’s sad to see the passing of an “old friend”. I used to golf a couple of times a week, and Avondale was one course I toured regularly. Most golfers try and take the shortest path from tee to green, but I always got my money’s worth, by taking the scenic route.