Friday, April 26, 2013
It’s been six years since the ordinance has been reviewed. Following the recent decision on the fate of the Heideloff property, the planning commission thinks it’s time for a second look.
Following the recent decision on the Heideloff property, the Lakewood Planning Commission wants to have another look at the city’s historic preservation ordinance. No changes to the ordinance are proposed, said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “After the historic designation discussion about the Heideloff property, the planning commission wanted to put the ordinance on the docket as a discussion item to discuss any questions they have about the ordinance,” he said. “There were some concerns about ambiguity in the ordinance. “They’re going to begin that discussion.” Siley added that the planning commission had some questions about who could nominate a property and what determines whether a property should be …
Sunday, March 24, 2013
After all sorts of drama, the home was put back on the market this week for $1,599,000.
Friday, March 22, 2013
The home, built in 1912, was listed on the market this week for $1,599,000.
The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive that’s made lots of headlines during the past few years is back on the market. And the price has gone up. That’s after homeowners had to wage an arduous battle to keep it off the city’s list of historic landmarks. The home, built in 1912, was listed on the market this week for $1,599,000. Michael and Stacey Semaan bought the home for $750,000 in June 2011. They’d hoped to demolish the property to build their $2 million “dream house” along the lake. That effort was stalled when neighbors introduced a measure — against the Semaans’ wishes — to make the property a historic landmark under the city’s ordinance. The planning commission denied the neighbors’ request, and then the Semaans listed the property for…
Saturday, March 9, 2013
The property owners are looking to build a new, $2 million home on the lakefront. But they've said that they'd be willing to donate the home to neighbors who'd move it to save it from the wrecking ball.
Friday, February 15, 2013
Last week, the Lakewood Planning Commission voted — in a split decision — that the home at 13474 Edgewater Drive should not be designated a historic property.
As expected, the neighbors of the 100-year-old Heideloff home filed an appeal regarding the Lakewood Planning Commission’s split decision that denied their request to make the home a historic landmark. Per the city code, the applicant had 10 days to appeal. “This is the same board that will hear our appeal,” said Jeff Weber, a neighbor of the Heideloff home and advocate for saving it. “I just don’t know. We’re arguing with the same information.” Last week, the Lakewood Planning Commission voted — in a split decision — that the Heideloff property should not be designated a historic property. Neighbors told Lakewood Patch following the meeting that they planned to appeal the decision. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be …
Friday, February 8, 2013
At odds were private property rights versus historic preservation. After hours of discussion, the city’s planning commission splits vote down the middle, effectively tossing out the application for historic designation.
It took nearly three hours, almost 20 speakers and dozens of impassioned speeches, but the Lakewood Planning Commission finally voted — in a split decision — that the Heideloff property should not be designated a historic property. The home at 13474 Edgewater Drive is expected to be demolished to make way for a new $2 million lakefront home. Members of the planning commission deliberated for about 45 minutes on Thursday, and with a new member encouraged to abstain, the vote ended with a 3-3 decision. That effectively denied the motion to make the property “historic” under city ordinance. At the center of the debate was the issue of private property rights versus historic preservation. The neighbors, not the property owners, submitted the …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
At odds is historic preservation versus private property rights.
The city’s planning commission is slated to meet next Thursday to decide whether to designate the 98-year-old Heideloff mansion a historic landmark under the city’s ordinance. Not so fast, say the owners of the property, who oppose the designation. The neighbors of the property — not the property owners — submitted the paperwork to make the mansion a historic landmark. A law firm representing the Semaan family, which owns the property, has asked the city to push back the ruling to “afford us to compile information.” “The Semaans did not imitative this process but now have to play catch-up,” according to the request from the Baker Hackenberg and Henning law firm, noting the property requires testing for asbestos contamination. “People could…
Friday, December 7, 2012
The city's commission must now vote on whether the property should receive the official designation, which may keep it from a wrecking ball.
The 98-year-old Heideloff mansion was officially deemed eligible to become a historic landmark per the city’s ordinance on Thursday night. But that’s not the end of the process. The city’s planning commission must now decide whether the property at 13474 Edgewater Drive should get the designation as Lakewood’s fourth-ever historic landmark. That meeting is slated for next month. It doesn’t appear as if it will be an easy decision. At odds is historic preservation versus private property rights. The neighbors of the property — not the property owners — submitted the paperwork to make the mansion a historic landmark. The property owners, Michael and Stacey Semaan, then proposed to demolish the home. Dozens attended the city’s planning …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Neighbors — not the homeowners — submit a 20-page application to make the 98-year-old home a historic landmark.
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 …
Monday, December 12, 2011
The property once considered for a 14-home development gets approval for extensive renovations.
The $750,000 estate that was once considered for a 14-home development is getting a facelift. Last week, the city’s architectural board of review OK’d a major renovation to the home commonly known as the Heideloff Estate at 13474 Edgewater Drive. After talking with neighbors on the issue — and addressing the board’s concerns — the new owners of the property are moving forward. Mark Reinhold, the architect for the project, told the ABR that among the changes, the homeowners would like to include two additions (one a master bedroom and another for a kitchen) and add a five-car garage. “We’re looking to keep the character of the existing house,” Reinhold said last month. Some elements of the design include stone masonry work. Michael and …