The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

Local News

November 14, 2012

Neighbors endorse Conneaut initiative

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CONNEAUT —

Richard Chicatelli, another neighbor who didn’t like rezoning, has also warmed to the new approach.

“(The land) is going to stay zoned R-2 and it’s lakefront development,” he said. “Thank you for doing (the project) as a PUD.”

Not everyone embraced the project. One woman worried the houses would be priced too cheaply, attracting “riff-raff.” Others feared buyers would rent out their properties, while some people said the city already has plenty of vacant housing options.

The first phase of the project would put cottage-style houses along Lake Road with a starting price of $150,000, Rose said. At least three people have already expressed interest in those houses. The second phase would create a “village” of smaller houses off Whitney Road that offer maintenance-free living managed by a housing association. There has been plenty of interest in the bungalows, primarily from people who already live in town, said Tom Fix, BuildWorks’ construction manager.

The houses will be marketed to people who live out of the area but enjoy Conneaut and Lake Erie.

BuildWorks will acquire land from Farmakis as houses are sold, the developers have said. If every available lot was sold, 125 houses would stand on the ex-golf course.

The Planning Commission will formally vote to relay the PUD application to council for its review. If council has no qualms, the application will be kicked back to the commission, which could then authorize BuildWorks to create the detailed drawings and blueprints the commission will study before giving its full and final blessing.

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