CORRECTION: Revised Sloane Avenue Townhomes Plan Gets the Green Light
Proposed plans for the project formerly known as LeMetro — the upscale townhomes along the Rocky River — approved Thursday by the city’s architectural board of review.
Editor's note: This story corrects the name of the project, which has been changed to Clifton Pointe.
The plan to demolish three homes on Sloane Avenue to make way for several luxury townhomes has been changed. But, it’s still on track.
The first change? It's no longer called LeMetro.
The city’s architectural board of review approved the revised plans for the project now known as Clifton Pointe on Thursday after the developer decided not to build the cluster townhomes near the shore of the Rocky River.
Andrew Brickman of Abode Living said that “geo-technical studies showed the slope lacked stability.”
“In this marketplace, the cost of putting new foundations in is really steep,” he said.
So, the plan was scaled back from 19 to 17 townhomes — ranging from $300,000 to $600,000 — and they will all be located closer to Sloane Avenue.
“After a variety of different revisions, we developed this new site plan,” Brickman said. “It’s very similar to the previous one. It allows us to keep the feel of the site.”
The architectural board, which approved the earlier plans, unanimously OK’d the Clifton Point project.
“One of the concerns from the neighbors was the stability of the slope,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. “One of the other major issues with the neighbors was the curb cut (on Sloane Subway), which was eliminated.”
The project is expected to break ground in the spring.
The multi-million-dollar project's plans include demolishing three homes to make way for upscale, cluster townhomes.
Last month, Lakewood City Council paved the way Monday to make 13 parcels of land along the Rocky River — including the site for the proposed townhomes — a “community reinvestment area.”
The new distinction means that potential developments could qualify for tax abatements.
And, in August the Lakewood Planning Commission approved a proposal to consolidate the three parcels of land in the 1300 block of Sloane Avenue into one parcel.