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Strongsville approves plan to renovate historic Strong House near town center

August 6, 2018

Strongsville approves plan to renovate historic Strong House near town center

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – A plan to renovate the exterior of the historic Strong House, near the northeast corner of Pearl Road and Westwood Drive, has been approved by the city’s Architectural Review Board and Planning Commission.

The building’s owner, Strongsville developer Michael Catanzarite, told cleveland.com that he will also paint and clean the interior, then lease the building as office space. He said the total estimated cost of the renovation is $150,000.

“If someone wants to buy it, we’re open to that, too,” Catanzarite said.

It was just two months ago that Catanzarite, whose family founded Pat Catan’s Craft Centers, bought the Strong House, built in the 1800′s by John Stoughton Strong, one of the city’s founders.

A dentist’s practice had occupied the Strong House for about 20 years but moved out about two weeks before the building was sold, Catanzarite said.

Catanzarite then applied for a permit to tear down the building and replace it with parking spaces for one of his commercial developments, Westwood Commons. He withdrew the plan after more than 60 residents protested the proposed demolition of a historic home.

Under the renovation plan, submitted in July, Catanzarite will replace the building’s roof, windows and soffits. The new roof and windows will match the existing roof and windows. No changes were proposed for the façade or building dimensions.

“The foundation is sound,” Catanzarite said. “In 60 days, we should be done with everything.”

The ARB and planning commission approved a “certificate of appropriateness” for the renovation. Under city code, any alteration to the exterior features of a building in the town center zoning district, which is where the Strong House is located, must receive a certificate of appropriateness.

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