Solon City Council on Monday referred to its Planning commission a request to rezone 35 acres of land adjacent to the Hawthorne Valley Country Club for a senior living development.

Fred Rzepka, president of TransCon Builders Inc., is requesting the rezoning of the property on Aurora Road from R-1-D Single Family Residential to R-3-A Multi-family Residential Senior Citizen-1.

Plans are to develop 105 single-family homes with access from Hawthorn Parkway.

This development is aimed at people over 50 years of age to live in new, maintenance-free single-family homes in Solon, adjacent to the Cleveland Metroparks, Mr. Rzepka said in his application.

The proposed site is not adjacent to any existing single-family homes, according to the application, but is near the golf course.

A preliminary site plan is in the works, Mr. Rzepka said, that will detail roads, landscaping and setbacks.

Mayor Edward H. Kraus said following the meeting that there are two components to this project. One is the senior housing, he said, “which is obviously something that we don’t have a lot of for empty nesters.”

Secondly, Mayor Kraus said that he would not support this unless the golf course is kept green space.

“That would be the agreement,” he said. “I would not support this unless that is kept as perpetual park space.”

Hawthorne Valley Country Club closed about two years ago.

For the last decade, Sue Reid has covered the government, business climate and residents of Solon. A Times reporter for 22 years, Ms. Reid has earned commendations from the Ohio Newspaper Association and Cleveland Press Association.

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