Renovations to the historic Bull home in Solon will begin right after Memorial Day, but only mainly on the exterior.
Last week, the City Council Safety and Public Properties Committee approved rescinding a previous ordinance to renovate the house inside and out, at a total cost of just over $365,000, and approving new legislation addressing just the exterior at an amended cost of $210,710.
City Council added its approval Monday.
Public Works Commissioner William Drsek told the committee that, based on the current Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent circumstances, the public works division has been directed to only renovate the exterior of the home.
Regency Construction worked with the city to submit a revised proposal to renovate the exterior and to only complete the necessary construction of the interior of the house.
The Bull home dates back to 1835 and is at 34045 Bainbridge Road. It is named for the founder of the city, Lorenzo Solon Bull. Preserving the structure is suggested in the city’s master plan.
The panel looking into renovations determined that the house could be used for a second gallery space for the Solon Center for the Arts, adult art space and small rentals.
The historical Lynch home located next door met the wrecking ball earlier this year.
The revised proposal of $210,710 includes a $10,000 contingency considering the age of the house, Mr. Drsek said, as there may be unforeseen issues.
He showed the committee photos of waterproofing that was complete at the home, as well as some foundation work. Electrical work will be done inside the house, Mr. Drsek said.
“The Bull home is something we promised the residents and something we’ll make sure we do,” Mayor Edward H. Kraus added. “You don’t want that house to rot and sit there without the needed improvements.”