The historic and well-known Heideloff mansion at 13474 Edgewater Drive may soon become the city’s fourth-ever historic landmark.
But, it was the neighbors — not the homeowners — who proposed the idea.
The proposal must first get the green light from the city’s planning commission in two public hearings.
The designation means that the nearly 98-year-old home could never be torn down. Changes to the building’s exterior would also not be permitted.
The planning commission will hear the proposal at next Thursday’s meeting.
Under the city’s ordinance, the commission will host two hearings to determine whether the property — built by a prominent Cleveland industrialist Wilfred Sly — is eligible for the designation.
Neighbors, Mary Breiner and Jeff Weber, submitted a 20-page application, replete with photos and a historical narrative of the property — one of the largest residential properties in the city.
The owners of the home, Michael and Stacey Semaan, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
They bought the home for $750,000 in June 2011, according to county property records.
Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said the Semaans don’t support the proposal, making for an “unusual situation.”
“There’s an application to nominate the house and we’ll evaluate the proposal as provided under our historic preservation ordinance,” said Siley.
The previous owners of the four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home — with a soaring foyer, grand staircase, a formal dining room overlooking a reflection pond, cherry floors and a carriage house — turned the deed of the estate over to mortgage lenders after 30 years of ownership.
The 2.6-acre property was once eyed for a 14-home development, but those plans were scrapped in March 2011.
The new owners made some changes to the property, including an extensive renovation. Plans to build a second home on a second parcel, near the lake, were recently approved by the city.
Earlier this year, the Lakewood’s Planning Commission designated the 100-year-old building that once housed the a historic landmark.
However, California Phone — which owns that property — filed an appeal in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court.