CUYAHOGA FALLS — The second phase of a housing development near the national park that had drawn objections from nearby residents was approved by City Council Monday evening.
Council voted 9-1 in favor of a 23.82-acre, 49-lot subdivision plat on Sourek Trail between Smith and Sand Run roads in the former Northampton Township part of the city. The development is now known as Woodland Preserves and Ryan Homes will build the homes. The applicant is Esplanade LLC and the project engineer is Wohlwend Engineering.
Councilwoman Mary Ellen Pyke (R-2) cast the dissenting vote; Councilman Paul Colavecchio (D-At Large) was absent.
Pyke said she was concerned that the increased amount of paving would lead to flooding in the area. The plan is for Sourek Trail to be improved and widened along with the project. Pyke noted while she agreed with fixing the road, she did not feel it should be widened and instead favored implementing "traffic calming" measures to make the area safer for pedestrians and bicyclists.
Greg Modic, president of Land Development for Petros Development Group LTD, — which represents Esplanade LLC — said 35 ranch-style homes will be built on the east side of Sourek Trail and 49 two-story, single-family homes will be constructed on the west side of the road. He said he expects the east side development to be finished in late 2019 or early 2020, and the west side to be finished sometime in mid-2020.
Modic said Sourek Trail will be repaved and widened by 4 feet from the southern corporation line to the northern limit of where his company’s property fronts Sourek Trail. In the next couple of weeks, this area of Sourek Trail will be closed for the work, which is expected to be finished in October, according to Modic.
A group of residents who live near the planned development have, for months, voiced objections due to concerns about additional traffic, safety for residents who bike and walk along the road, and potential flooding. Additionally, they felt the project to build homes on quarter-acre lots would conflict with the rural character of the area.
Reporter Phil Keren can be reached at 330-541-9421, firstname.lastname@example.org, or on Twitter at @keren_phil.