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Strongsville voters in November may decide future of land behind former Metrick’s Motel

February 25, 2019

Strongsville voters in November may decide future of land behind former Metrick’s Motel

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio -- Voters may decide in November whether to convert two small residential lots on South Drive -- off the west side of Pearl Road, just north of the Ohio Turnpike -- into commercial land.

The two vacant parcels, measuring a total of about one-third of an acre, are directly behind three Pearl lots that are the former site of Metrick’s Motel. The motel was torn down in early 2016, according to Cuyahoga County records.

Last week, City Council placed the rezoning request on first reading and referred it to the Strongsville Planning Commission for a recommendation.

On his rezoning application, Strongsville resident Shirishbhai Patel -- who owns the two residential parcels and the former site of Metrick’s Motel -- said he has no development plans for the two parcels. Patel has owned all five lots since 1988, according to county records.

“Without a change in zoning, it would remain vacant,” Patel said on the rezoning application. “The zoning change would allow for commercial services to be offered to persons in the vicinity, creating a material benefit.”

Patel didn’t return calls to elaborate on any plans he might have for the site.

Councilman Matt Schonhut told cleveland.com last week that Patel has no immediate plans for the property but wants the rezoning so he can better market the site.

According to past articles, Metrick’s Motel was built in the 1950s. It was one of several small hotels built on Pearl before Interstate 71 was constructed. The motels were patronized by travelers headed to downtown Cleveland.