Tree-Clearing on Chester Gets Attention

Jacobs Group says there are no plans for the land ... yet.

Drive along Interstate 90 or Chester Road just east of Center Road, and your attention is grabbed by a huge swath of former woods now almost completely cleared of trees.

The almost 90 acres of land belongs to the Richard E. Jacobs Group, which developed Avon Crossing on Center Road, home to  and .

That clearing has gotten people talking. Is something going in there?

Not right now, said Jacobs Group spokesman William Fullington.

"There's nothing yet," he said.

The company, he said, is taking this step to prepare the site for future development, and enhance its appeal to prospective tenants.

Clearing the trees shows the land's advantages. Anything built there would be visible from Interstate 90, drawing in people at either the Route 83 or the future Nagel Road interchanges. With the land cleared, prospective investors can better visualize their businesses there.

What could go in there? Fullington said nothing has been decided.

"We work from multiple master development plans," he said. "We float trial balloons to the business community and gauge their interest."

The Jacobs Group, a privately held company, is taking a conservative approach at this stage.

"We don't discuss anything unless we know for sure," Fullington said. "And we'd rather sit on the land until we find a proper use for it rather than rush in."

coordinator Jim Piazza said the Jacobs Group has not submitted any plans to the city and hasn't said anything about possible development.

The Jacobs Group is going to be a major player in commercial development in Avon in the coming years. In addition to the Chester Road land, it also owns several hundred acres elsewhere in town that it has acquired over the years, including prime real estate near the under-construction Cleveland Clinic site and the coming Nagel Road interchange.

Lori E. Switaj March 05, 2011 at 12:30 AM
I'd like to see a Whole Foods somewhere on the west side of Cleveland. This would be a great location. Or the old Tops building in Avon Lake
Julie A. Short March 05, 2011 at 01:52 AM
I'd like to see Old Time Pottery come to Avon.
Stephanie Predovich March 05, 2011 at 02:15 AM
I'd LOVE a Whole Foods on this side of town too!
Jim Stevenson March 05, 2011 at 04:16 AM
I think that it's a real shame to cut all those trees down for the sake of the Almighty Dollar. Doesn't anyone give thought to the wildlife who have lost their homes? It used to be a pleasant drive through there. And we need more stores like a hole in the head; the developers/builders make their buck and the stores sit empty. Just drive around the Cleveland area.
Melissa Hebert March 05, 2011 at 03:27 PM
I'm working on a story/poll for Monday with ideas for what people might want to come into Avon. Both these ideas made the list.
Todd March 07, 2011 at 04:22 PM
I couldn't agree more with you Jim....
Karen Miller March 08, 2011 at 12:45 AM
agreed with above comment jim... it is ridiculious - keep the trees, it is just a shame - such a waste.. and it looks ugly - barren - terrible
Sally Ann Glenn March 26, 2011 at 06:29 PM
One more sigh of "PROGRESS" in this community. Could they possibly be doing this to dry out the wet lands?
Bill Conners June 23, 2011 at 04:47 AM
Jim, I read a story years ago about the really good developers and builders who actually try to leave trees in place and have plans drawn up around the green space. They realize how long it takes for the trees to grow and it actually adds more value to the land. It's clear that the Jacobs group are not forward thinkers, as evidenced by the i-90 interchange debacle as well. It is as bad as the clear cutting done in the pacific NW I witnessed in the early 90's around Seattle. People have no regard for our natural resources.
chris viviano February 03, 2012 at 01:22 AM
No wonder the deer are now a problem in Avon Lake they can't move south so they move north into our backyards. Maybe we should just shoot them, that way "prospective investors" see how progressive we are! We could have scorched earth and no wildlife - how attractive. Chris Viviano
Nancy Goepfert April 01, 2012 at 04:31 AM
Whole Foods is coming to Rocky River already.


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