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PEPPER PIKE — Almost one year after a gas line explosion at Brainard Circle, City Council awarded a landscaping contract to restore the circle to its natural beauty. Council members approved a $715,737 contract with Facemyer Landscaping to replant the center of the traffic circle.

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PEPPER PIKE — City Council last week reviewed plans for rezoning land at Shaker Boulevard and Brainard Road to allow for an expansion of Park Synagogue. Attorney Dale Markowitz of Thrasher, Dinsmore and Dolan is representing the synagogue and presented the plans at the Oct. 21 council meeting.

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After months of following guidance from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health for reopening schools during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Orange City School District is considering veering away from the county’s recommendation.

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PEPPER PIKE — Beech Brook CEO Tom Royer released a statement claiming that the city’s rezoning process helped lead to the failed land sale to Axiom Development Group, which fell through in September.

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The Orange City School District plans to implement its hybrid model on Oct. 19 after spending weeks devising a schedule for each building, ordering plenty of personal protective equipment and fielding hundreds of questions from parents.

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Former Vice President Joseph Biden stayed in a private rental residence on Gates Mills Boulevard in Pepper Pike overnight on Tuesday following the presidential debate in Cleveland, according to Mayor Richard Bain.

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PEPPER PIKE — Principal Bryan Stone of Axiom Development Group announced Friday that he will not purchase the Beech Brook property after two years of discussion on rezoning the 68-acre parcel for a mixed-use district. Axiom used an initiative petition to place Issue 34 on the ballot for the …

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PEPPER PIKE — Mayor Richard Bain said that the city will look at a program to replace some parts of its stormwater infrastructure due to the increasing number of heavy rains and the resulting floods. Parts of the current stormwater system were built for a 10-year-storm, he said, and the city…

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PEPPER PIKE — City planner George Smerigan has proposed revisions to the U-2 zoning district for public buildings to give the city more control over future developments and possibly more tax revenue.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education passed a resolution to allow four students living on North Pointe Drive at The Pointe subdivision to remain in the Orange schools, even though they live in the Beachwood City School District, Orange school board President Beth Wilson-Fish said on S…

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group’s proposal for a mixed-use district could benefit the city by creating new tax revenues and a walkable area with niche shopping and housing alternatives, according to urban studies and economic experts at Cleveland State University.

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PEPPER PIKE — The Orange Board of Education members brought the discussion of a new front entrance at Orange High School back to the table at their Monday meeting. Discussion should begin early, they said, to ensure safety for the children at the school and to stay on track for prime constru…

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The Say No to Rezone Political Action Committee will host an informational rally at Landerwood Plaza in Pepper Pike on Aug. 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There will be Say No to Rezone T-shirts and yard signs, in addition to free ice cream while supplies last. There are more details at saynotore…

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Director of 21st Century Curriculum Karen Moore said that this fall, Orange City School District students will have a new and improved version of virtual learning.

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After calling off sports practices at the end of July, Superintendent Lynn Campbell announced last week that sports were to resume on Monday for the Orange City School District.

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More than 170 people joined the Orange Board of Education meeting on Monday to hear about the district’s plans for reopening this fall. In the meeting that lasted three and a half hours, 24 parents and students expressed their disappointment with Orange’s reopening plans. Some were requestin…

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PEPPER PIKE — To educate the community before voting “yes” or “no” to rezone Beech Brook land on Nov. 3, Bryan Stone of Axiom Development Group held a question and answer session on Aug. 4. There were 46 people present at the start of the Zoom meeting, but more joined later. Attendees heard …

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Pepper Pike City Council last week approved a $1.76 million bid from Rycon Construction for the Service Department renovation project. Architect Paul Deutsch of Bialosky and Associates said that the estimate was $2 million, so Rycon offered an attractive bid. There were 13 bidders for this project.

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PEPPER PIKE — Last week, Mayor Richard Bain and council members were unsure of how Axiom Development Group planned to proceed with its proposal to rezone the Beech Brook property. Now, Axiom’s attorney, Dale Markowitz, says that the rezoning issue will be on the Nov. 3 ballot unless it is ce…

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Four years of work finally came to fruition on June 19 when NXTSTOR, an app to find storage space for your belongings, launched on the App Store and Google Play Store. The app is the brainchild of Brandon Gotlieb, 22, and his co-founder, Ashwyn Rajgopal.

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group withdrew its rezoning application Monday that was before City Council. On Tuesday morning, Axiom’s initiative petition signatures were certified by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections allowing the issue to go before voters during the Nov. 3 election.

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PEPPER PIKE — City officials are working to improve stormwater management after a series of heavy rains in recent years that created floods on some streets and residential yards. Although several factors lead to the floods, including climate change and multiple creeks that run throughout the…

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Orange Superintendent Lynn Campbell presented two recommendations for returning to school this fall, a blended learning option and a fully remote option. Two hundred people piled into the Zoom meeting on Monday to hear proposed plans for the Orange City School District.

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The City of Pepper Pike received an initiative petition with 470 signatures that, if verified, would place a rezoning issue on the Nov. 3 ballot. The rezoning issue includes the Beech Brook property at 3737 Lander Road and the adjacent New Directions and Parker/Passov property. Those propert…

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PEPPER PIKE — A roundabout and a connector road between Chagrin Boulevard and Lander Road would greatly ease the traffic issues at Lander Circle, according to a May 2020 traffic study. Axiom Development Group hired AECOM, a local engineering firm, to analyze the traffic conditions and offer …

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Despite a delay of guidance from Gov. Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Health, Superintendent Lynn Campbell said that the Orange City School District is exploring multiple options for returning to school this fall.

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PEPPER PIKE — A flurry of questions were asked and opinions shared about the proposed development for the Beech Brook property during a three-hour virtual City Council session last week in which about 77 residents joined the meeting.

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PEPPER PIKE — Axiom Development Group is heading toward a fork in the road. The company continues to collect signatures to get a rezoning issue for the Beech Brook property on the Nov. 3 ballot while also working with City Council to move forward with a pending application.

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PEPPER PIKE — Surveyors from Chagrin Valley Engineering are planning to visit about 80 homes in the city to observe the conditions of creeks in the back of the properties. City Engineer Don Sheehy said that there have been multiple severe rainstorms and the city needs to get a better handle …

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PEPPER PIKE — Declaring that now is the time for change, Bishop Eugene Ward told a crowd of about 200 last week that, “There’s only one race and that’s the human race.”

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PEPPER PIKE — Ursuline College recently announced that classes will resume in person this fall with extra precautions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President for Academic Affairs Kathy LaFontana said that face-to-face instruction is vital to the college’s curriculum, so fall cl…