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Updated 5/21/15

Economic Development Activity 

Transmaxx - A Job Creation Grant was approved for Transmaxx, LLC, a start-up distributor of auto parts.  The company will lease 35,000 sq. ft. at 30305 Solon Road and will create 22 jobs initially, with 3 additional jobs annually for the following 4 years.

FMI Medical Systems, Inc. - A Job Creation Grant was approved for FMI Medical Systems, Inc., a team of electrical, mechanical and software engineers that has designed a medical computed tomography system for the Chinese market.  The company will locate in 41,000 sq. ft. at 29001 Solon Road and will bring 40 jobs to Solon.

Partners Home Supply / MFS Supply - A Job Creation Grant was approved to bring 100+ jobs to Solon by 2017.  Partners Home Supply LLC will lease an 81,000 sq. ft. building at 30700 Aurora Road and a portion of 31100 Solon Road where a related company, MFS Supply Company, is already a tenant.

Paco’s Tacos  – The owner of Burntwood Tavern received site plan approval for a new Mexican-themed restaurant that will replace Applebee's Grill and Bar at 6140 S.O.M. Center Road.  The site plan includes façade alterations and outdoor seating.

Burger Fresh - A site plan for an outdoor dining patio was approved for a new restaurant, Burger Fresh, that will occupy 6134 Kruse Drive in Kruse Commons.

Ezov Development Group - A Growth & Revitalization Incentive Program grant was awarded to Ezov Development Group for their proposed purchase and renovation of 5821 Harper Road, a 60,000 sq. ft. multi-tenant flex building.  The renovation plan includes three new building facades to create more defined entrances and to allow more light into the building, landscaping and additional parking.

Paul Moss Insurance Agency
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A Job Creation Grant was approved for this online insurance and affiliate insurance marketing company that will occupy 20,000 sq. ft. at 5821 Harper Road, bringing 149 jobs to the city.

Zoning & Code Issues

Fence Ordinance
– The Planning Commission is currently reviewing a proposed revision to residential fence requirements to allow a broader range of fence and decorative wall types in residential front yards.   In addition, it would allow temporary salt screen fences for residential and non-residential properties.  Salt screen fences following proposed design, height and location requirements would be allowed from Nov. 1 – April 30.  The Planning Commission will take public comments at upcoming  public hearings. 

Plan Review Fees - City Council is studying a proposal to establish fees for the review of revised construction plans that are submitted after the issuance of a building permit.   The purpose of the fee is to encourage the initial submittal of complete and final plans to improve the efficiency of the plan approval process and to cover costs for additional administrative review of projects.  Proposed fees are $200 for non-residential projects and $50 for residential projects. The proposal was referred to the Planning Commission for input.

Fountains of Solon Proposed Rezoning - An initiative petition effort by The Fountains of Solon LLC to rezone 21.65 acres from C-3 Commercial to R-3 Multi-Family Residential did not appear on the November, 2014 ballot due to a missed filing deadline.  The issue may appear on the ballot in 2015. The multi-family development of luxury apartment rental units, proposed to be located on Solon Road east of Route 91, would consist of two 3-story buildings with 77 suites each, and thirty-two 2-story townhouses.  The developers purchased the property in early December.
  
Master Plan Update - The Planning & Development Department initiated a series of presentations to the Planning Commission and Council for updates to the City's Master Plan, which was adopted in 2010.  Following input from the Master Plan Citizens Committee and the Planning Commission, the Economic Development Plan and Residential Neighborhoods Plan were approved by Council in October.  The Central Retail District Plan will be presented later this year.

Financial Matters

Regional Income Tax Collection - Council approved legislation to outsource the administration of its municipal income tax collections to the Regional Income Tax Agency (RITA). This change was approved due to the challenge of administering the city's growing collections with inhouse staff, and because of pending State legislation that would impact administrative requirements. 

Kudos
 
NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website, ranked the City of Solon the 5th best city in Ohio for young families, based on home affordability, prosperity and growth, family friendliness, and quality of education. To quote, "Ohio may have been built on manufacturing and transportation, but towns like Solon are leading the way in the new digital economy.  Google recognized Solon for each of the past two years as Ohio's top online business community.  By focusing on the emerging digital economy, Solon has been able to create better jobs for its residents.  It is also one of the four cities in the top 10 with a perfect 10 rating at GreatSchools, and over half of residents older than 25 have at least a bachelor's degree".  See the rankings here.

For the 2nd consecutive year, the City of Solon received the Google eCities Award for the State of Ohio.  The award recognizes the strongest online business community in each state and reflects that the city's businesses are using the web to find new customers, connect with existing customers and fuel their local economies.

Engineering Updates

In addition to information below, please visit the Engineering Department page for project updates.

Route 91 Improvements -   Beginning Monday May 18th, the city's contractor, Fabrizi Trucking and Paving, will replace concrete pavement patches and repair catch basins from Baldwin Road to the south corporation line.  This is the first major repair program for Route 91 since it was reconstructed in 2000. 

The work will begin in the northbound lanes starting at Ada Drive and work toward Baldwin Road. When the northbound lanes have been completed to Baldwin, the work will continue in the southbound lanes working from Linden Drive toward the south corporation line.  From the south corporation line, the work will move back to the northbound lanes where the contractor will work his way back toward Ada Drive.

The work zone will move with the work and will be clearly delineated with construction signs, flashing arrow boards and barrels. Daily work zones will move traffic to the inactive side of the street during working hours and return traffic to its normal lanes during nonworking hours.  One lane of excavated or curing concrete pavement will remain closed at all times.   Work is scheduled to be completed by November, 2015.

Aurora Road Traffic Study - GPD Group, the City's traffic engineering consultant, will perform a traffic study of Aurora Road between S.O.M. Center Road and the eastern corporation limit.

Traffic Signalization Project - All 43 traffic signals within the City will be replaced and/or upgraded during the 2 year project. Upon completion, all signals will be accessible through a central computer system located at City Hall. The system will include the latest in traffic technology including video detection and fiber optic communications. 80% of the $4.2 million project cost is covered by a grant from the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency.  There will be temporary lane closures at the various intersections during construction.  Substantial completion is expected in September, 2015.

Aurora/SOM Intersection Improvements – Right-of-way acquisition is underway in anticipation of construction in 2016.  Improvements will include the addition of a lane on the east side of SOM Center Road and widening of Aurora Road east of SOM to add a northbound turning lane onto SOM.   Ultimately, there will be two westbound through lanes on Aurora and two left turn lanes both northbound and southbound on SOM.  ODOT will pay 90% of the project cost, with the City to pay the remaining 10%. 

Resources

Incumbent Workforce Training Grants - More than 80,000 Ohio employees have already been trained through the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program and now the state is making a third round of funding available to businesses. This program will make $29.4 million available in Fiscal Year 2015 for employers to enhance the skills of their employees.
 
The Ohio Development Services Agency will reimburse the employer for up to 50 percent of the eligible training costs, up to $4,000 per employee, after 1) the employer pays the full cost of the training, and 2) the employee successfully completes the training. The maximum amount an employer may qualify for in a fiscal year is $250,000. To participate, the company must be in operation for at least 12 months in Ohio and must be a state targeted industry, which is determined by your NAICS code. Click here to see a list of eligible NAICS codes .   A pre-application is available beginning 9/15/14.  Applications will be accepted for review on 9/30/14 beginning at 10:00 a.m.  
For more information about the Ohio Incumbent Workforce Training Voucher Program visit http://development.ohio.gov/bs/bs_wtvp.htm .

 

Broadband Access - Alternative solutions for broadband Internet access are available to the Solon business community.  AT&T unrolled its "Fiber to the Building" campaign, offering attractive pricing to transition business customers from copper wire to fiber.  For information, contact Kim Esterle of US Network at 216-937-8881, .

Time Warner Cable expanded its network by installing fiber and co-axial cable infrastructure on Bruce Industrial Parkway, in addition to previous expansions on Naiman Parkway and  in the industrial district north of Solon Road.  For information, contact Time Warner Sales Manager Laura Hetrick at 330-572-4069,  .

New provider Easton Telecom offers business class wireless access virtually anywhere in the City, as a primary or secondary source, using the same technology and network that serves Ohio public safety forces.  For information, contact Easton account representative Bob Glassman of Commtrol at 216-245-1500,  .
 

In addition, Everstream, the newly formed for-profit division of OneCommunity, offers fiber-based services in portions of the  industrial and commercial districts.  For more information, contact Everstream representative Stacy Ambrose at 216-923-2262
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Business Seminars – Please visit the city's web site for a list of business seminars and special events sponsored by local economic development agencies.

Reverse 911 Ready Notify Service - The City of Solon, in cooperation with Cuyahoga County, is offering a Reverse 911 system to further enhance the City’s ability to provide residents and businesses with up-to-date emergency and safety information.  The system was activated August 18th. 

Registration is free and simple.  Go to www.solonohio.org and look for the Ready Notify logo on the right hand side of the web page.  Click on the logo and you will be directed to the sign up page to register.  You may choose to be notified of information from any of Cuyahoga County's 59 communities, so if you have family or friends in another community you can be notified of situations that may impact them as well.  Registrants will be responsible for making any changes to your account (updated phone numbers, emails, etc.)  All Solon residents, businesses and their employees are encouraged to register for this free service.  


 


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