Earlier this year, an elegant estate on Edgewater Drive was spared the wrecking ball as well as a proposed plan to build 14 single-story senior living homes on the property.
The property, commonly known as the Heideloff Estate, is once again giving neighbors a headache.
The new owners have proposed a huge home makeover on the 2.6 acre property at 13474 Edgewater Dr.
The blueprints — revealing several additions to the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home — were presented last week to the city architectural board of review.
Mark Reinhold, the architect for the project, told the ABR that among the changes, the homeowners would like to include two additional wings on the home and a five-car garage.
The proposed wing facing west would include a small porch; and the wing facing east would feature a glass-conservatory.
Also, a standalone garden facility — made of cut stone — is proposed on the west side of the home.
Many of the proposed changes include incorporating lots of stone into the project, Reinhold said.
“We’re looking to keep the character of the existing house,” Reinhold said.
Some members of the architectural board disagreed, noting that that the proposed changes don’t fit in with the rest of the architecture in the neighborhood.
“I need convinced that this fits in on Edgewater Drive in Lakewood, Ohio,” said board member Michael Fleenor. “It really looks out of context.”
About a dozen residents in attendance also disapproved of the plans.
Dave Huffman, who lives near the home, wasn’t too happy with the plans.
“The neighbors are all concerned,” he said. “We hear wings, expansions and five car garages and we get concerned.”
Board members also said that the architectural plans were short on details.
Reinhold said more details are coming.
“Until the general concept is accepted, we don’t want to go stone shopping,” he said.
The board deferred a decision until its next meeting in November.
This isn’t the first time the home has been at the center of contention.
City officials told the would-be developers that — under the zoning code — there could be no more than a dozen single-story homes built on the 2.6-acre property.
The company informed the city shortly afterward that it was no longer pursuing the project.