Park Synagogue East building

Pepper Pike voters approved an issue to rezone a portion of Park Synagogue East’s property on Shaker Boulevard and Brainard Road in a May 4 special election, allowing the synagogue to move forward with a 10,000-square-foot expansion and community nature trail project.

The issue, which allows the rezoning of the parcel from a U-1 single family district to a U-2 public building district, received 532 yes votes, or 77.21%, and 157 votes against, or 22.79%, according to final, unofficial results from the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections.

Stuart Deicher, Park Synagogue’s executive director, previously told the Cleveland Jewish News the expansion plans include enlarging the synagogue’s sanctuary and creating a new social hall event space.

The plans also call for the establishment of a nature trail that would connect Pepper Pike Park to the South Woodland and Brainard roads corner of the property through the wetlands, without disturbing the surrounding ecosystem. The synagogue’s parking lot would also be expanded.

“Regarding the May 4 election, we’re very enthused and excited about it,” Deicher told the CJN May 5. “We appreciate the support of the residents of Pepper Pike, as well as the mayor, city council and planning and zoning. We’re looking forward now to getting our plans finished and being able to submit them and start our construction process.”

Now able to formally start the project, Deicher said Park Synagogue has to submit a site plan to Pepper Pike’s planning and zoning commission, and submit its blueprints and building prints to Pepper Pike’s building department.

“We’re hoping to get things started later this year,” Deicher said. “We’re hoping that we’ll have completion somewhere around late 2022, roughly about a year-and-a-half to two-year process.”

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