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Updated 2/19/15

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.

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 multi-tenant flex building.

Paul Moss Insurance Agency
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

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.
Proposed Rezoning - DJM Group, LLC, owner of 5910 and 5900 Harper Road, submitted a request to rezone 4 properties on the NW and SE corners of the Aurora Road/Harper Road intersection to I-1 Warehousing & Assembly from O-2 Office Park, C-5 Industrial Retail & Service, and I-2 Industrial Manufacturing.  The rezoning would permit R&D and medical/dental offices in all of the affected buildings. (Medical/dental offices are currently permitted in O-2 and C-5, but not I-2.)  The affected properties are 5910 and 5900 Harper, 30000 Aurora, and 6001 Cochran.  Council referred the item to the Planning Commission for study and a recommendation. Subsequently, the Planning Commission and Council moved this item to their inactive agendas, as the applicant was not ready to proceed for the November ballot.

Ballot Issue: Zoning Code Update of Permitted Uses
– In the November 4th election, voters approved two issues related to the comprehensive update and revision of uses permitted within the city.  To enable the electorate to vote on proposed residential and non-residential regulations separately, the update was separated into two ballot issues. This is the first such update in approximately 70 years.  The code update focuses on three main goals: 1) Evaluate all existing uses and remove and/or clarify any that are problematic; 2) Establish a standardized format for the listing of permitted, accessory and prohibited uses throughout the Zoning Code;  3)  Add use categories that are typically included in a modern zoning ordinance.   To read the ordinances, please follow this link.

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 on October 20th.  The Central Retail District Plan will be presented later this year.

Above-Ground Storage Tanks - The Fire Prevention Code was amended to increase the maximum capacity of above ground fuel storage tanks from 6,000 gallons to 12,000 gallons, consistent with the Ohio Fire Code.  The revision will remove practical difficulties for businesses that need greater storage capacity.

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. 


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.

The City of Solon received a clean audit from the State of Ohio, with no findings of material noncompliance or weakness.  Solon’s 2013 annual audit report is available on the City’s web site.  The City also received a Certificate of Achievement from the Government Finance Officers Association for its 2013 Comprehensive Annual Report. 

Engineering Updates

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

Route 91 Improvements - Repairs to potholes and catch basin boxes on Route 91 from Aurora Road south to the Twinsburg line will begin this spring.  This is the first major repair program for Route 91 since it was reconstructed in 2000.  Most of the work will be done in the spring and summer when the Solon schools are out of session.  Traffic will be maintained with localized closures.  Traffic delays can be expected.

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 March, 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%. 


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 .


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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Energy Efficiency Rebate Program – First Energy is offering rebates to industrial and commercial businesses for improvements to increase energy efficiency and reduce electricity consumption.  These programs are offered in accordance with Ohio Senate Bill 221 of 2008 and are designed to help meet the state’s goals to reduce electricity usage and peak demand while encouraging commercial and industrial customers to save energy and money. The cost of these programs is recovered through customer rates in accordance with Senate Bill 221.  Generally,  pre-approval is required before purchase and installation of materials. Improvements may include, but are not limited to, lighting for existing or new facilities, appliances, HVAC and water heating, food service equipment, facility audits, and equipment for data centers. Pre-approvals must be completed by 12/31/14.  For more information, visit or contact Brian Smith of Sodexo (program delivery contractor for First Energy) at 330-398-9650.

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 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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