Preserve subdivision gets rezoning OK from council

By Jason Hawk -

Rezoning of land for the new Preserve at Quarry Lakes was approved Monday by Amherst city council after months of discussion.

The 30-acre site between Cooper Foster Park Road and Rt. 2 near Kolbe Road is zoned R-1 for light residential homes, but council agreed in a 4-1 vote to change it to a newly-created planned development district zoning type.

Reps Steve Bukovac and David Goodell did not attend the meeting. Councilman Chuck Winiarski cast the lone dissenting vote.

He said nearby streets were plagued by short sales in recent years, according to county auditor’s records, and weren’t able to be resold. “I don’t see us wanting to repeat that experience,” he said after the meeting.

Ken Brill lives on Quarry Lakes Drive right next door to where Westlake-based TJCO plans to build the new homes.

He spoke prior to the vote, voicing concerns about dumping the entire subdivision’s traffic through a single entrance and exit onto Cooper Foster Park Road, where the city of Lorain is also considering a new housing development near the soon-to-be vacant Super Kmart store.

Brill also said TJCO developer Shaun Brady has agreed to erect an attractive privacy fence to help existing residents by limiting the impact of construction and keeping new neighbors at arm’s length.

“We’re fully committed to positive outcomes that everyone benefits from,” Brady said, thanking council for rezoning.

The new subdivision will feature homes ranging in price from $175,000 to the low $200,000s and in size from from three-bedroom ranches to five bedrooms on two stories.

Traffic, emergency vehicle access, and storm water management have been big issues for city council as it has considered rezoning.

TJCO drawings show big retention ponds surrounded by large sweeps of shared green spaces. Houses are grouped on smaller lots.

Brady said construction should begin in August with a model home open by January.

Twenty seven homes will be built in the first phase.

Jason Hawk can be reached at 440-988-2801 or @EditorHawk on Twitter.

By Jason Hawk