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Re: Lakewood: Development and News
« Reply #90 on: May 15, 2006, 08:52:50 AM »
Lakewood is gaining some momentum..

River valley’s Lakewood side set for upscale twist

By STAN BULLARD

6:00 am, May 15, 2006

A planned $20 million residential development promises to remake part of the Lakewood side of the Rocky River valley as a step-like series of terraced townhouses and lofts climbing the slope from the riverfront to Sloane Avenue.

The novel design resembles gymnasium benches hugging the 90-foot slope. It would enable each buyer of the planned $275,000 lofts to $1 million penthouses to have a terrace with open sky above them, said Rick Foran, a member of Foran Montlack Development LLC, which is proposing the project.

The units would provide views of the river, the Rocky River Yacht Club and Lake Erie. The 46-unit project would rise from the riverbank at the former Krumreig’s Marina, which the developers bought last December.

Plans also call for replacing the landmark marina with for-sale boat slips the developers dub “dock-o-miniums.”

Lakewood Mayor Thomas George likes what he sees in the plans.

 
“We couldn’t be more excited about this project,” he said.

Atop the valley at Sloane Avenue, the planned project is on the opposite side of the Detroit Road Bridge from the proposed West End mixed-use redevelopment project, which never got off the group. A contentious effort to declare a residential neighborhood blighted so that an eminent domain action could be pursued for the West End project drew national media attention before it failed at the ballot box in 2003 and cost Mayor George’s predecessor, Madeline Cain, her job.

Forget eminent domain

Mayor George noted the proposed “Cliffs on Rocky River” project would not require eminent domain, a blight declaration or tax abatement. Proposed municipal assistance consists of a $1.75 million tax-increment financing agreement, under which less than 10% of the proposed development’s annual tax proceeds would be used to repay the bonds.

The tax-backed bonds would pay for improvements to the slope, as well as sewers and waterlines for the project, Mr. Foran said.

The developer will begin seeking Lakewood Planning Commission and Lakewood City Council approvals next month for the project. The proposed site is zoned appropriately and requires no variances, said Tom Jordan, Lakewood planning and development director.

Lakewood needs the Cliffs project, Mayor George said, because the suburb that arose in the trolley-car era loses to land-rich outlying suburbs those longtime residents who want to buy newly constructed homes or downsize to condominiums.

The proposed project would join two other new residential developments in Lakewood, part of what the mayor estimates is a $250 million round of private, school and civic investment in the suburb.

The developer of the project is a team comprising the Montlack Group, a real estate development and investment group in Cleveland Heights that is led by Michael Montlack; the Foran Group, a Rocky River development concern led by Mr. Foran and his son Patrick; and developer George Zamecnik of Brooklyn Heights.

Mr. Montlack’s background is in condo and shopping center construction and apartment ownership, while Mr. Zamecnik worked in industrial and apartment development with the late Julius Paris. Foran Group will serve as the contractor; it will draw on Patrick Foran’s background as a part of the team at Robert L. Stark Enterprises of Beachwood, which developed the Crocker Park mixed-use project in Westlake.

The elder Mr. Foran has been a consultant for the last three years with pioneering urban homebuilder Heartland Developers of Shaker Heights. His work at Heartland followed 20 years in real estate development and construction with various companies here.

Inspiration from Florida

To prepare for the Lakewood project, Mr. Montlack, his wife, Carol, and architect Michael Caito of City Architecture toured lake and riverfront developments throughout southern Florida.

Mrs. Montlack said the project would benefit from walking-distance proximity to the adjoining Rocky River Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks and restaurants in western Lakewood and downtown Rocky River.

The younger Mr. Foran said the developer is negotiating with banks for a construction loan. Plans call for construction to begin this summer and for a model to be ready next May.

The project is proposed amidst a worsening residential real estate market as interest rates rise. However, Ali McAdams, managing broker of Lake Realty in Rocky River, said marketability should not pose a problem.

“It’ll fly,” Ms. McAdams said. “There are people with money waiting for good stuff to buy on the river and lake. The market is still good for that.”

Moreover, there is no new lakefront residential construction of scale between the Flats and Vermilion, Mr. Montlack notes.

“It’s one of a kind,” he said.


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Re: Lakewood: Development and News
« Reply #91 on: May 15, 2006, 08:53:54 AM »
here is an image of the new development

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Re: Lakewood: Development and News
« Reply #92 on: May 15, 2006, 09:49:49 AM »
The description "gymnasium benches" is extremely appropriate when viewing the photograph.  Still, as ugly and uninspired as it is (it does kind of look like something out of "Star Wars" or "Star Trek"), it will spruce up the Sloane Avenue area, which needs a bit of sprucing up.  And if there's some collateral development ... new restaurants or shops, so much the better for the tax base and property values.  Especially since I live a few blocks away, woo-hoo!

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« Reply #93 on: May 15, 2006, 10:18:06 AM »
I like the Cliffs project - I've always felt that Lakewood needed to have more upscale residential along the Rocky River.

"Rockport Square continues to scare us with their interior design"

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« Reply #94 on: May 15, 2006, 10:54:37 AM »
How about some greenspace to break up that cliff development? That thing is pretty overbearing, IMHO.
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« Reply #95 on: May 15, 2006, 03:54:14 PM »
I like it, greener would be nicer, but its all balconys on that side. It will get as green as the condo owners want it to be

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« Reply #96 on: May 15, 2006, 09:14:48 PM »
I think the development is very impressive.  It's cool in my opinion, even though i tend to like pre-war buildings.
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« Reply #97 on: May 15, 2006, 09:59:33 PM »
Here's a slightly larger image....



I'd like to see how they're going to get cars down to the river level. I'd also like to know why they want to. The site plan shows a parking garage and a 40-space surface parking lot of the same footprint as the garage, above it and at ground level flush with the top of the hill. I'll see if I can get that and post it.
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« Reply #98 on: May 16, 2006, 12:17:09 PM »
Wow, that's quite impressive and fetching (in my opinion).  I agree that my first response to the cars was "why would they want cars there?"  How about terraces, public space (hello, there's over $1 million in public financing here), or a restaurant/cafe tenant?  Think big, folks!

On a side note, if they can do this here and make it work financially, what's to stop Cleveland from building on its riverfront hillside???

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« Reply #99 on: May 16, 2006, 12:46:07 PM »
Well we know cleveland metropolitan housing authority owns the the best hillside in ohio city. I really feel that they should sell it off, they know they cant develop it, to a person that isnt going to mise on it. The second best hills is owned by Forest City on duck island,  I think whomever is in charge of irish bend townhouses owns some of it too, that whole area is controled by alot of people north of loain carnegie bridge. Most of the river really has no hills along it, whatever hills that were along most of the river has been flattened out by all the industry that used to be there.

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« Reply #100 on: May 16, 2006, 12:48:24 PM »
I think these units are going to sell like crazy. The location is great, and the views are probably incredible. It would have been nice though if they could have incorporated some more landscaping along the terraces. To me part of the attraction of the cliffs along the river is all the green.
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« Reply #101 on: May 17, 2006, 02:37:35 PM »
In the Lakewood Observer, there's several drawings, and they do show that off Sloane, there will be a parking lot; probably not a lot of visible building, other than the top-most layer of townhouses.  Interestingly enough, it looks like the bulk of the buildings will actually be below the rather ugly high-rise apartment building that overlooks the valley.  So while this will be a nice development for those who live in it, and will look interesting from the other side of the river, I don't think it's going to beautify Sloane Avenue that much.  I'm hopeful for collateral development to grow from this, but seeing as a new Dollar General ultra-discount store just opened up on Sloane, it probably won't happen anytime soon.  Or soon enough!

Still, I'm glad to see some more development.  If this gets accomplished, add it to Rockport, Rosewood, the new Library, the new YMCA, the new Sherwin-Williams and Walgreen's stores, and the renovation and rebuilding of the schools.  That's a LOT of development going on in essentially a pretty small suburb!

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« Reply #102 on: May 27, 2006, 05:39:37 PM »
From the 5/18/06 Lakewood Sun Post:


Final touches placed on park improvements
Thursday, May 18, 2006
By Lisa Novatny
Lakewood Sun Post


Lakewood's lakefront is getting a new look.

With only a week away from its unveiling, the finishing touches are being put on the new all-purpose trail, a handicap accessible ramp and waterside promenade.

The Lakewood Park project, which began construction in August of 2005, has been in the works for more than four years.

http://www.cleveland.com/sun/lakewoodsunpost/index.ssf?/base/news-0/114797076434560.xml&coll=3
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« Reply #103 on: June 09, 2006, 06:45:40 PM »
From the 6/8/06 Lakewood Sun Post:


Air cleared on Rockport
Thursday, June 08, 2006
By Lisa Novatny
Lakewood Sun Post


What started off on a rocky note ended on a more positive one at a neighborhood meeting to discuss the progress of Rockport Square.

The meeting Monday at Rockport Square's Hopkins Avenue location allowed Lakewood residents the chance to voice concerns about the progress of the project.

I left the meeting last night in some ways feeling better but in some ways more disheartened, said Lyz Bly, a Fry Avenue homeowner.
 
According to several Fry Avenue residents who were in attendance, some of their concerns were addressed and put at ease, while many still feel as though they are left in the dark about future plans for the Rockport Square project.

The meeting was hosted by Rysar Property's owner Ken Lurie and Forest City's project manager Eli Miller. About 20 individuals turned out for the open forum.

Those in attendance discussed their concerns, including the failure to maintain Rysar's property, the recent arson committed in three vacant homes along Fry Avenue, the stability of future Rockport plans, the lack of communication between area homeowners, the developer and the city and the rumors that Rysar may be handing the project over to another company.

One break-through made at the meeting was the proposal and acceptance of the neighbors' proposition to use the land created by the demolition of the three vacant homes as green space for neighborhood children to use.

We wanted a place for the kids to play and we will make every effort for Rysar to go through with it, said Bly.

Miller addressed residents, explaining that street sweepers had been working with Rysar to keep the neighborhood clean and will continue to do so.

While the residents got the response they wanted in terms of the vacant lots, many still felt as though they do not have a sense of what is going on the north side of Detroit Avenue.

What is happening with the north side of Detroit? When do we get to see the plans of the future phases? Bly asked.

According to Lurie, the neighborhood got a little restless because they did not see any new construction taking place recently.

This isn't a project that will be finished overnight, said Lurie. It's a phase project.
 
Tom Jordan, city director of planning and development, said that after the arson in April, the city granted a demolition permit for the vacant homes, despite the fact that the site has not been incorporated into the development project.

Demolition of the three vacant homes along Fry Avenue was set to begin Wednesday.

According to Kelly Standish of Rysar, We have been working with the building department to get the necessary signatures to demolish the houses and we have applied to the EPA for demolition approval. We will begin tapping the sewers ... and demolition will occur shortly after.

In two weeks, a Cleveland Clinic facility will also break ground on the old Doc Heben location, which is part of Rysar's property. According the Lurie, Rysar bought the land for $300,000 and it was sold to the Clinic to house a medical building.

Rysar and Forest City are also getting ready to begin construction on four more housing units.

Lastly, Lurie and Jordan addressed the rumor that Rysar may be leaving the Rockport Square project.

There is a development plan and timeline and we will stick to it, said Lurie. We will be there as long as we're supposed to be.

Jordan backed up this statement saying, We're under an agreement signed by Rysar, Forest City and the city of Lakewood. There have been no proposed changes to the development agreement or the partnership agreement with the city.

Over the next several months, Lurie and Miller have agreed to work on keeping the communication flowing with neighborhood residents, whether it be on Rysar's Web site or through newspaper updates.

There is a lot of behind the scenes working going on. We've been working very hard, said Lurie. I respect the neighbors' concerns and I am very familiar with the community process.

I respect the community process and we want to be a good neighbor, Lurie added. If they neighbors want to open the communication lines, we'll be happy to do it and if they want green space for their kids, they can have it.

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« Reply #104 on: June 09, 2006, 07:48:12 PM »
I live one block from Fry and I never before heard a peep about an arson until I read this article. Let alone three homes set afire. I'll have to stroll by and take a look.

Glad to hear the Cleveland Clinic is pressing ahead with its building. I hope it's more than just a one-story, suburban-style building with a parking in front. Put the damn lot in back, or maybe on the side.
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« Reply #105 on: July 07, 2006, 12:50:22 AM »
Hopefully this moves forward and sales pick up--7 out of 17 townhouses sold seemed a bit low.  Should be great for the neighborhood if it gets fully built out.

Design delays project
Thursday, July 06, 2006
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« Reply #106 on: July 09, 2006, 12:21:42 PM »
Hopefully this moves forward and sales pick up--7 out of 17 townhouses sold seemed a bit low.  Should be great for the neighborhood if it gets fully built out.

That's actually more than I had thought though.  I walk by this site all the time and the same "For Sale" signs have been in the windows of the loft condos on Detroit for months.  Which surprises me, because they are very nice-looking condos.  Maybe no one wants to be facing the crappy Drug Mart.  I didn't realize so many of the units on Newman had been sold, that's good to hear.  Am I blind though?  I don't even think these have been started yet, have they?
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A permit was issued for the $1.8 million Cleveland Clinic commercial building, which broke ground a week ago, and the M-unit housing in phase 1A is under way.
Is this the spot where the old Doc Hebens was?  Cuz I saw excavation work going on there yesterday.

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« Reply #107 on: July 09, 2006, 10:22:36 PM »
Yes, Doc Hebens is the spot for the clinic office. I've still not seen a rendering of this building. For $1.8 million, I wouldn't expect much tho.
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« Reply #108 on: July 13, 2006, 12:48:31 PM »
thought I would stick this one in here:

Birdtown set on historical perch Effort to give neighborhood recognized district status
Thursday, July 13, 2006
By Lisa Novatny
Lakewood Sun Post
Developed by immigrants who traveled overseas to start a new life in America, Lakewood's Birdtown not only represents the city's first functional neighborhood, but it also symbolizes the dreams and struggles of a group of hardworking settlers.

In an effort to preserve the southeastern Lakewood neighborhood's rich history, city officials and residents are working to make the area a recognized historic district.

The city of Lakewood nears the final stages of the application process with the Ohio Historic Preservation Society. The society will host a required public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lakewood City Hall to discuss the city's proposed application.
 
We felt that these people worked very hard when they came over to America and deserved some recognition, said Marge Stopiak, a Lakewood resident who has helped the city piece together the community's history. They struggled, relied on one another and helped each other out. It was not an easy life, but they did a good job surviving.

Established in 1892, Birdtown was erected by a group of European immigrants, much of the Slovakian decent, who came to work for the National Carbon Company.

As the factory grew, so did its need for more workers. Recruiting more immigrants, the company soon realized it needed to provide housing for its many laborers.

National Carbon Company purchased the surrounding land and Pleasant Hill Land Company developed it, dividing it into 424 lots and eight streets, each named after a bird.

In 1900, 425 residents occupied Birdtown, and by 1910, the neighborhood reached its peak residential capacity of 2,186 inhabitants.

From 1892 until 1920 the town thrived. According to Stopiak, those that lived in Birdtown were a very self-sufficient group of people. Once settled in, the residents started their own businesses. Birdtown contained three dairies, a bakery, a dance hall, a funeral home, a photography studio, a bank, a beauty shop, many family-run grocery stores and meat markets, churches, a school, a doctor's office and a day care.

Today, many of the buildings and homes remain.

It was the greatest neighborhood and a unique area, said Stopiak.

The quest to make Birdtown a historic district started during Madeline Cain's term in office as mayor. According to Meredith Karger, an assistant in the planning and development department, the first draft of the city's application was sent last October to the Ohio Historic Preservation Society for review.

The 200-page form included a history of the neighborhood, an account of all its major buildings, an inventory of the homes including building date, architecture style and architect, and a classification of each building's contribution to Birdtown's antiquity.

In December, the form was returned to the department for revisions. Together, Lakewood and the Cleveland Historical Society modified the application and resubmitted it to the organization.

Karger explained that following the public meeting, the state will present Lakewood's document to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

By the end of August a final vote will determine if Birdtown will become a recognized historic district.

It's been a lengthy process, said Tom Jordan, city director of planning and development. But we believe it will end positively.

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« Reply #109 on: July 13, 2006, 02:43:00 PM »
People on the cleveland.com food and wine forum are talking about Trader Joe's opening at Rockport.  Anyone hear anything about that?

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« Reply #110 on: July 14, 2006, 09:50:14 AM »
thought I would stick this one in here:

Birdtown set on historical perch Effort to give neighborhood recognized district status
Thursday, July 13, 2006
By Lisa Novatny
Lakewood Sun Post
Developed by immigrants who traveled overseas to start a new life in America, Lakewood's Birdtown not only represents the city's first functional neighborhood, but it also symbolizes the dreams and struggles of a group of hardworking settlers.

In an effort to preserve the southeastern Lakewood neighborhood's rich history, city officials and residents are working to make the area a recognized historic district.

The city of Lakewood nears the final stages of the application process with the Ohio Historic Preservation Society. The society will host a required public meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Lakewood City Hall to discuss the city's proposed application.
 
We felt that these people worked very hard when they came over to America and deserved some recognition, said Marge Stopiak, a Lakewood resident who has helped the city piece together the community's history. They struggled, relied on one another and helped each other out. It was not an easy life, but they did a good job surviving.

Established in 1892, Birdtown was erected by a group of European immigrants, much of the Slovakian decent, who came to work for the National Carbon Company.

As the factory grew, so did its need for more workers. Recruiting more immigrants, the company soon realized it needed to provide housing for its many laborers.

National Carbon Company purchased the surrounding land and Pleasant Hill Land Company developed it, dividing it into 424 lots and eight streets, each named after a bird.

In 1900, 425 residents occupied Birdtown, and by 1910, the neighborhood reached its peak residential capacity of 2,186 inhabitants.

From 1892 until 1920 the town thrived. According to Stopiak, those that lived in Birdtown were a very self-sufficient group of people. Once settled in, the residents started their own businesses. Birdtown contained three dairies, a bakery, a dance hall, a funeral home, a photography studio, a bank, a beauty shop, many family-run grocery stores and meat markets, churches, a school, a doctor's office and a day care.

Today, many of the buildings and homes remain.

It was the greatest neighborhood and a unique area, said Stopiak.

The quest to make Birdtown a historic district started during Madeline Cain's term in office as mayor. According to Meredith Karger, an assistant in the planning and development department, the first draft of the city's application was sent last October to the Ohio Historic Preservation Society for review.

The 200-page form included a history of the neighborhood, an account of all its major buildings, an inventory of the homes including building date, architecture style and architect, and a classification of each building's contribution to Birdtown's antiquity.

In December, the form was returned to the department for revisions. Together, Lakewood and the Cleveland Historical Society modified the application and resubmitted it to the organization.

Karger explained that following the public meeting, the state will present Lakewood's document to the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

By the end of August a final vote will determine if Birdtown will become a recognized historic district.

It's been a lengthy process, said Tom Jordan, city director of planning and development. But we believe it will end positively.


Awesome news about Birdtown!!! I believe my street, Dowd Ave, is the only one in Birdtown not named after a bird.

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« Reply #111 on: July 14, 2006, 02:27:57 PM »
People on the cleveland.com food and wine forum are talking about Trader Joe's opening at Rockport.  Anyone hear anything about that?
I hope that's true!  I was thinking that would be a perfect spot for a whole foods store.  Or maybe I'm biased because I live right near there....

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« Reply #112 on: July 17, 2006, 03:39:28 PM »
It would be nice, but I'm pretty sure it's wishful thinking.   Trader Joe's already has two locations in Cleveland; why would they put on only 15 minutes from another one?  I'd think that if they wanted to put another one in the Cleveland market, they'd head down I-77 or I-71 and put it in Strongsville, Brecksville, or Medina.  As much as I'd like for this to be true, I have a feeling it's not.  Now, how about a nice bookstore at Rockport?

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« Reply #113 on: July 17, 2006, 04:01:40 PM »
The northeast corner of Lakewood, northwest corner of Cleveland's Edgewater neighborhood, is a perfect place for a Trader Joe's. It's an area where people walk to the grocery store or take the community circle. When Giant Eagle moves down to I-90, that's too far for me. I'm shopping at Kresse's or maybe Tops on Bunts. The latter is probably just as far as Giant Eagle will be soon, but Tops is easier to get to.
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« Reply #114 on: September 11, 2006, 10:48:16 AM »
Interesting. I had heard in the past year that FCE had threatened to pull out. Now they are taking over the entire project.  Good, maybe now Rysar can concentrate on builing those Clinton Courts across the street from my house.

Forest City takes over all of Rockport Square project
By Henry Gomez
September 11, 2006


Forest City Enterprises Inc. (NYSE: FCE-A) has taken full ownership of Rockport Square, a $40 million Lakewood mixed-use residential/retail project it was developing with Rysar Properties.

Bill Sanderson, vice president of joint ventures for Forest City Land Group, described the split as "amenable." He said Forest City and Rysar continue to work together elsewhere. Financial terms were not disclosed, but there will be some trade-offs on those other projects...
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« Reply #115 on: September 25, 2006, 04:08:51 PM »
I'm hearing rumblings that the vacant Spitzer car dealership on West 117th near Madison and the rapid station is to be redeveloped -- with an Aldi's grocery store and a bank. While both of these may be built "on the sidewalk" I consider this to be a major missed opportunity. Spitzer's real estate division is supposedly pursuing the project.

As a Lakewood resident and advocate of transit-oriented development, I wouldn't mind the Aldi's and the bank -- as long as they are topped by 3-4 stories of for-sale housing.

I don't know if this development is going to go all the way to the corner of West 117th and Madison, or if it will be relegated only to the Spitzer property. I hope it does go to the street corner -- meaning it could keep the little diner, the Subway restaurant and the wine store on the ground floor of a decent sized mixed-use development. Oh how I wish others shared my preferences for TOD near transit stations.... sigh.
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« Reply #116 on: September 26, 2006, 02:55:56 PM »
Well, that project on the banks of the Rocky River has not broken ground like they said it would.  I lament the loss the homes on the bluff, but I think that this is different enough of a project that it won't compete that much with downtown housing. If it can bring in empty nesters from the burbs who are afraid of anything east of 117, then this project will be a real plus for Lakewood. The strong that Lakewood stays, the better the future of the Clifton-Edgewater neighborhood.

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« Reply #117 on: October 01, 2006, 03:12:55 PM »
From the 9/28/06 Lakewood Sun Post:


Hospital heading east
Thursday, September 28, 2006
By Lisa Novatny
Lakewood Sun Post


Lakewood Hospital is branching out.

The hospital recently announced plans to expand to Rockport Square, a mixed-use development project managed by Forest City Enterprises Inc. that is under construction at the eastern end of Detroit Avenue.

The new $1 million facility will provide 5,400 square feet of space along Detroit and Newman avenues and will feature physicians specializing in primary care and family medicine.
 
While the facility will initially start off with three physicians, according to Jack Gustin, chief administrative officer of Lakewood Hospital, by the spring of 2007, the hospital plans to add specialists to the staff, such as an endocrinologist, who will work at that location and also at the hospital in the Diabetes Center of Excellence.

Establishing the Rockport location to provide primary care services dovetails nicely with our long-term strategy to continue to invest our resources in the community as well as support the economic growth of Lakewood, said Fred DeGrandis, chief executive officer of the Cleveland Clinic Health System-Western Region.

We are in the midst of an aggressive physician recruitment plan and have been successful in adding some of the area's best physicians to our exceptional physician network over the last year or so. With the addition of the Rockport site, we will be partnering with seven outstanding physicians specializing in internal and family medicine in three medical buildings within the city of Lakewood.

The need for the expansion is due to Lakewood Hospital's commitment to the city along with the recent national studies, which show how prevalent certain diseases are in society today.

Chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and hypertension are at epidemic levels, said Gustin. We want to reach out to this area, which has been under-served in the past and provide early diagnosis, treatment and more importantly, education about prevention and wellness.

The Rockport location gives us a greater opportunity to better meet community needs and bring our services closer to the areas' neighborhoods, Gustin added. It will give us greater access to care for those living and working at the eastern edge of Lakewood and the investment, both people and monetary, demonstrates our commitment to the city of Lakewood.

The growth and development into Rockport Square carries on Lakewood Hospital's multi-year strategic plan. Already, a great amount of time and energy, along with millions of dollars, have been invested into the renovation of the hospital's lobby and restaurant/cafeteria, along with its cardiac catherization lab and device clinic. The hospital's admitting office is under renovation as well, and soon the birthing center will undergo a reformation.

According to the press release, the hospital, along with its west side Cleveland Clinic hospital partners, has invested more than $150 million in health facilities since 1997.

Not only does it provide additional medical care and services to the community but it will also help to stimulate economy in Lakewood and enhance the community in a positive way, said DeGrandis. Expanding really makes a statement about investing in the community.

The project is tentatively scheduled for completion in mid-February.

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Re: Lakewood: Development and News
« Reply #118 on: October 18, 2006, 10:30:49 AM »
here is a nice run down of the projects currently going on in Lakewood (that new condo project on the river definitely didn't break ground in July):

http://www.lakewoodalive.com/current.htm

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« Reply #119 on: October 19, 2006, 07:48:45 AM »
Does anyone ever wonder if Lakewood offers better urban living then downtown Cleveland and may win out over the years with it's good school district, intact retail amenities alond with a still arelatively cheap and dense housing stock.