Development continues to flourish both on S.R. 14

Wendy Sufrin Record-Courier staff writer Published:

Development continues to flourish both on S.R. 14 and near the city's historic

town green, which itself is noted for the busy intersection of S.R. 14 and

S.R.43.

Attorneys George and Edward Cochran are renovating an old Cape Cod style

home next to the city fire station into office space. The old Heritage Feed

building is gone, a major step in the city's effort to make the municipal

building lawn a viable gathering place. And a new office complex across

the street reflects a new trend in today's business climate.

City Engineer Bill Rudlosky called the office buildings a worthy addition

to Streetsboro's town center.

The Cochrans' former law office, as well as the former home of the Gateway

News and two other buildings on the northwest quadrant of the town green,

remain vacant as owner Tom Neff searches for a package-deal buyer. The Gateway

has found new space in Streetsboro Plaza at S.R. 303 and 14.

"I think something will happen with the Neff property before too long

whether it be renovating them or building something in their place,"

Rudlosky said.

A graduate of Case Western Reserve University Law School and Ashland Theological

Seminary, attorney George Cochran was set to direct a Christian ministry

in Russia in 1993 when project funding fell through. Then he saw an article

about Streetsboro Mayor Sally Henzel and the city's progress in Crain's

Business Review.

It was time to come home.

"I never thought I'd practice law again and I never thought I'd come

back to Streetsboro," Cochran said.

But feeling called to doing both, in 1993 Cochran and his brother Edward,

who is also a lawyer, set up shop in a rented home-turned-office on the

northwest quadrant of the city's town green. When landlord Tom Neff decided

to sell the building, the Cochrans bought the Cape Cod style home across

S.R. 43.

"One of the reasons I chose this is I'm city prosecutor so I can

just literally walk over to city hall and do my thing. I plan to have all

my lunches at the new gazebo," Cochran said with a laugh.<

The gazebo, although not yet built, is slated for the vicinity of the recently

razed Heritage Feed building. The building was in front of city hall.

Cochran asked the home's former owner, Bill Poston of Streetsboro, to transform

it into office suites while maintaining as much historical integrity as

possible.

Poston added a dormer to the roof line and "it tended to transform

the whole building," Cochran said. "From that dormer I got the

idea to put up a town clock because we deserve one, and we're so centrally

located that I think it is a nice location for a town clock. We wanted to

kick it up a notch and make everything nice and presentable."

Poston also restored the home's original entryway columns, stripping away

layers of paint and neglect. Additional exterior touches include a 20-foot

flag pole, night spot lights and a spacious parking pad.

"He was the one instrumental in transforming the looks of it. He

did a wonderful job, he and his crew," Cochran said.

Across the street, a new professional complex is under construction.

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