SOLON, Ohio — City Council has referred to the planning and law departments a preliminary proposal to provide a 10-unit, nonprofit, long-term living option for adults with disabilities on vacant city-owned land off Aurora Road and Portz Parkway.

The “Solon Community Living” project was presented to council on May 20 by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities member Ara Bagdasarian and his wife, Leslie, president of the Fragile X Alliance of Ohio support group.

Living in Solon for more than 20 years, the Bagdasarians have both a son and daughter with Fragile X syndrome, a genetic disorder for which there is no known cure.

Simply put, their goal is to create a safe, sustainable, accessible and life-supportive neighborhood for children that takes care of their housing needs as adults after their parents are gone.

The Bagdasarians told council they have already secured one-third of the estimated funding for the project, proposed as a cul-de-sac on roughly 4 acres of city property.

They have already acquired the small house at the corner of Aurora and Portz to provide living quarters for a “24/7” caregiver.

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SOURCE: Thomas Jewell,