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Elyria Council OKs construction project, rezoning

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ELYRIA — City Council on Monday unanimously gave the go-ahead for another construction project, granting a conditional use permit for Tyllin LLC to build a 48-unit cluster housing development at South Logan Street and Cornell Avenue.

Bob Yost, of Dale Yost Construction and representing Tyllin LLC, said there will be six eight-unit cluster homes similar to his company’s other development in Elyria: Stoney Brook by Midway Mall.

“We’ve had good success with people purchasing those,” Yost told City Council during a brief public hearing. “It seems to be what everyone wants.”

The new units will be on a 6.9-acre wooded parcel next to the former Eastgate Elementary School, though crews recently have been taking out the trees to accommodate construction. Each unit will have 4,800 square feet of living space and a two-car garage. They will be owner-occupied, not rentals, and cost between $149,000 and $159,000, Yost said previously.

Only one person opposed the plan at the hearing: City resident Teresa Shea said there were too many units — 30 would be preferable to 48, she told Council — and said she regretted the loss of the trees on the site. Traffic on Cornell Avenue also was one of her concerns, she said.

Yost agreed that Cornell Avenue is “in bad shape,” but had been that way prior to his company removing trees prior to development, he said in response to a question posed by Councilman Tom Callahan, D-at large. South Logan Street appears to be “in good shape,” Yost said.

Council also unanimously approved a request by Muzilla Properties, of Oberlin, to rezone property at 41333 Schadden Road from professional office district to light industrial, which it was before it was purchased as possible future office space for Mercy Health back in 2007.

Representative John Muzilla said the 19,000 square foot building on the property is 80 percent warehouse space and 20 percent office space that will be more attractive as light industrial.

In other business

Mayor Holly Brinda said Monday all that is left to be done on the future site of the Central Branch of the Elyria Public Library at Second Street and East Avenue is for utilities to be relocated.

Surprises found in the ground under several since-demolished buildings included underground storage tanks and a previously unknown basement, but the demolition stayed under budget, Brinda said. Renderings of what the future building will look like are not yet available, she told Council members.

“When we get that we’ll be happy to share,” Brinda told Council.

The Elyria Planning Commission and project management team for the new library still must meet to go over details of the project, she added. Construction won’t start until after June 1, and the goal is to have the $8 million building done by late 2020.

Across the city, the wet early spring has delayed a number of projects, Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka said. For one, rain prevented city crews from re-setting headstones and mowing city cemeteries, she said. Some work was put off until clearer, warmer weather like the city experienced Monday.

Assistant Safety Service Director Kevin Brubaker said the city is entering “high grass complaint season.” City workers will give property owners five days notice to take action on high grass and check back on the sixth day, he said.

The city will have two mowing crews on the streets by June to tackle the high grass, including on the 343 vacant lots throughout Elyria that city workers are responsible for maintaining, Brubaker said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.


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