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Schafer hoping to see Monroeville grow

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:03 PM

MONROEVILLE — Ken Schafer, president of Janotta and Herner, is ready to see Monroeville grow.

 He and his wife, Sue, are developing a new subdivision in the village with 25 lots for sale across from Marsh Field.

 Schafer also received preliminary approval Thursday for a five-lot subdivision in Ridgefield Township about 2 1/2 miles north on the village on Peru Center Road.

 Bob Whitacre, with ReMax Realty, is selling lots in the subdivision in the village.    

 “Everything is in — streets and utilities including natural gas and city water and sewer,” he said. “I’m working with a couple of builders right now to build some spec homes.”

 Whitacre said lots range from .28 acre to over half an acre. They cost from $29,500 to $39,500. He said the subdivision is the largest in Monroeville for about 30 years.

 The Realtor said he expects sales to pick up after the first couple of homes are built.

 “Activity breeds activity,” Whitacre said.

 Schafer talked with the county planning commission Thursday to get preliminary approval for another subdivision on the 18 acres he owns on Peru Center Road. Current plans call for five lots on the property and Schafer said he hopes his three children may eventually build on some of the lots.

 “I have a dream of having my kids live close to me,” Schafer said.

 Schafer is currently renovating an old farmhouse on the largest lot of almost six acres and may move to that property himself. The other proposed lot sizes are 3.05 acres, 2.45 acres, 2.76 acres and 1.56 acres.

 Schafer plans to build a private road in the subdivision to reach back lots. That means the owners will have to maintain the road instead of Ridgefield Township or the county. He told planning commission members he has contacted safety services to make sure the road would be acceptable for fire and emergency vehicles. He said Northern Ohio Rural Water will supply water for the lots.

 Planning for the subdivision and working with both the planning commission and Ridgefield Township trustees will probably take another year, Schafer said. “We just want to make sure we do it right,” he said.

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