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Developer Eyes 2.6-Acre Estate in Lakewood for 14 New Homes

City hosts meeting to discuss the project with Edgewater Drive neighbors.

At the very least, a proposal to build more than 14 modern, arts-and-crafts-style bungalows on the 2.6-acre property of a million-dollar estate has got the attention of the neighbors.

Nearly 50 people attended a recent meeting at Emerson Elementary School to listen to an introductory proposal for the Edgewater Drive property.

The lakefront estate, at 13474 Edgewater Dr., .

The former owners of the property — who reportedly lived there for 30 years — turned the deed of the estate over to mortgage lenders three months ago. The four-bedroom, 4.5-bath home — with a soaring foyer, grand staircase, a formal dining room overlooking a reflection pond, cherry floors and a carriage house — has been vacant since.

If the development project goes through, all of that could be demolished.

Dru Siley, assistant director of planning and development for the city, said the project would appeal to seniors who are looking for single-story housing — something the city is interested in providing.

“What we’re seeing in our market, is that we don’t have a great supply,” .

Andrew Brickman, of the developer Adobe Living, said the 14 detached 1,800- to 2,000-square-foot single-family townhomes would be priced beginning at $379,000, according to LoveLakewood.com.

It seems that most of the neighbors who attended the meeting were mostly curious about the proposal. But some were concerned.

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Karen, who lives on a street adjacent to the estate, said the plans were nice, but not appropriate for the location. “It’s way too dense for our neighborhood,” she said. “It looks too development-like.”

In addition, she found the style of architecture to be inconsistent with the surrounding neighborhood. “It’s not why we bought in Lakewood,” she said. “To me, it looks like it was dropped from the sky.”

A 52-year resident of Edgewater Dr. also thought the development layout looked cramped. “You have too many houses on too little land,” she said, and warned of the dangers of building structures too close to the cliff overlooking Lake Erie. Over the years, she said she’s lost 30 feet of property to erosion.

Another citizen was more direct in expressing his thoughts on the renderings. “We lose the character of what Lakewood is all about,” he said. “This is a travesty in my neighborhood as far as I’m concerned.”

The ball is now in the city's court. To allow the project to move forward, the code will need to be change to allow an additional number of house to be built on the property.

Missy Toms March 04, 2011 at 01:52 PM
I had dreams of making that front yard a farm!
Sandy March 04, 2011 at 07:54 PM
Totally agree with the neighbors. Too many houses - need to blend with neighborhood.
Sheila Weil March 04, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Haven't seen the actual proposal, but my initial impression is thumbs down. Lakewood is crowded enough as it is, and I think it's a shame that so many big estates were demolished long ago for the same type of reasoning. Leave it intact!
Alan R. March 05, 2011 at 01:55 AM
Will these new townhouses accept Section 8 rental vouchers?
Sandy March 05, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Doubt it - they are suppossed to sell for $379,000, not rent. But if that is the case put me on the list.
Nate Kelly March 05, 2011 at 01:00 PM
That sounds like housing discrimination. Voucher holders deserve every right to live in 379K homes. All neighborhoods should have an equal opportunity to allow Section 8 in them to increase crime and drive down property values. It is the American way.
Alan R. March 05, 2011 at 02:03 PM
You're right, Gaspipe. That area of Lakewood is not doing its fair share when it comes to accommodating Section 8. Maybe if the Mayor lived right next door to a Section 8 housing project, he'd have a better understanding of what's going on in Birdtown and other parts of Lakewood.
Angela Bowers March 30, 2011 at 04:33 PM
I wish this city would stop throwing modern junk around our classic little town... This project sounds cramped and out of place and unnessessary..
Troy April 01, 2011 at 08:35 PM
I think the whole thing is a HORRIBLE idea. Havnt we lost enough historic homes in this area. This is what happened when they built the horrific looking high rises on Edgewater, they tore down grande estates. Now look at them full of section 8. It will be nice for a few years and it will turn into the same deal. Owners renting to whoever will pay the rent on time and you know what that means. Lakewood has lost too many BEAUTIFUL historic homes already and the same will happen to that area if this goes through. GOOD LUCK GUYS.
Denny April 02, 2011 at 07:49 PM
I feel what Lakewood needs is better and more affordable housing. Has anyone seen the condition of the apartments in Lakewood? I personally know of one that has electric and phone wiring with cloth coverings which date back to the 30's and has never been renovated to withstand the current devices in use, such as computers. I have seen walls with major cracks in them, without being fixed. I have seen back staircases coming away from the building and just standing there leaning. Where are the city officials to look into the condition of these buildings and see that they are safe? At least the city Euclid will go into each and every apartment (not building, but apartment) to make sure that the doors are fire safe, that they automatically close after opening, instead of standing open to let the fire into the hallway. I have seen buildings with outdated fire extinguishers. I have seen black mold on basement walls. I have seen cockroaches running in the hallway. I have been an apartment dweller in Lakewood for a long number of years and all I have seen is the owners asking for more and more rent without fixing the buildings past a date of 1940. I believe it is deplorable that this city expects people to live in these conditions just because the apartment owners have the money to bribe the officials into looking the other way and there is nothing the apartment dweller can do.
Nate Kelly April 02, 2011 at 08:07 PM
Denny - Wow. That was an impressive amount of moronic rambling. Are you recommending that every landlord in the US pay to remove the knob and tube wiring (the 'wiring with cloth covering' you are referring to). If so, I would advise you start wearing a bicycle helmet. Heck, while we're at it, let's force landlords to rip out all their plumbing and replace with new. We know it's old, and apparently old means no good. Or maybe the best thing would be for you to move to a nicer, more expensive building.
Denny April 02, 2011 at 08:26 PM
If a wire is too old to handle a computer (dsl) how is that a good thing? But let's get off that, are you saying the other items are just fine? You would like to live with roaches, black mold, non fire-proof doors, leaning back staircases? Please, let me know if you live like this and I'll make sure to stay far away from your location. As for moving, I know one woman that was paying $700 a month for an apartment on Clifton Blvd. that had a hole in the ceiling for over 3 months. Is that acceptable to you?
Denny April 02, 2011 at 08:33 PM
Excuse me, but please let me know what building or house you own and rent out, so that I can make absolutely certain never to live there. If the plumbing is too old to take care of excrement, yes it does need to be repaired, or do you find that condition acceptable? The points I have listed are not in just one building, I have looked at many buildings in the Lakewood area, and I have lived in many. Black mold in one building, roaches in another, leaning staircase in a third, falling roof in a fourth, cracks in the walls of almost every single one. Let me know which buildings do not meet these supposed "standards".
Alex Vandehoff April 03, 2011 at 07:11 AM
"If a wire is too old to handle a computer (dsl)....." What does that even mean? A computer is an electronic device that uses electricity. Properly sized pieces of conducting metal wire (typically copper) can 'handle' the US amperage and voltage standards. How they are insulated (cloth wire, plastic coating, etc) really doesn't make a difference, so long as that insulation is not broken. Is it a good idea to replace knob and tube wiring when a renovation is being done? Of course. Can it 'handle' a computer? Of course. DSL is the internet service that uses telephone wires. This has nothing to do with your computer being 'handled' except for that tiny little plug thingy that you push into it so you can make comments on this website. So please understand what you are talking about when it comes to actual infrastructure and services in a home, Denny. Good luck finding ANY property in Lakewood (even the big pretty houses with people that don't live there mowing the lawn) that don't have some knob and tube wiring in them. At what age does plumbing stop 'taking care' of excrement? Does plumbing retire? Or is it broken? A brand new pipe can be broken, but I guess if it is young enough, it can still 'take care' of the excrement better than the old iron or clay pipe that is not broken. As far as roaches, mold, and failing staircases - of course you are correct. But here's the amazing thing....no one is being forced against their will to live in those places are they?
Linda April 03, 2011 at 08:12 PM
Denny-I think I know what you are talking about. I tried to set up DSL to get internet. I got the service for one month before it stopped working. I called out AT&T, which told me that the phone wire was too old to handle the new DSL system. I would either have to pay them $200 to put in new wires or talk to the owner of the building. Guess what happened? I became a ping-pong ball between the two. It's the owner's problem, it's AT&T's problem. And every time AT&T came out, I was the one paying for their visit. Before any of this was solved, my phone itself stopped working, again AT&T came out to say the line was too old to handle the phone system itself. Have a problem with any of this? Talk to AT&T about it. The reason few places in Lakewood accept Section 8 is because the government has codes to meet before a place can accept vouchers and the owners do not want to put in the amount of money needed to come up to those codes. When those lucky enough to get a voucher can live better than those working and paying full rent, that is a shame. The Bus-you are right. No one is forced to live in those buildings (except those without vouchers) that can't afford anything else and are being penalized for being the working poor. Everyone I know is moving out to Fairview Park or North Olmsted, all I'm doing is waiting to save money in order to do the same. Denny-I suggest you do so as well.
Linda April 03, 2011 at 08:19 PM
Not all of Section 8 is like that. Section 8 is given to seniors that are poor, oh my, should we run the other way when we see one of them coming our way? Section 8 is given to the disabled that are receiving Social Security. Should we run the other way when someone in a wheelchair moves in next door? Oh dear, here's the one that suffers from major depression and can't work. Hurry, we need to lock our doors, they might depress us out of the neighborhood. Know the complete facts of everyone on Section 8 before commenting on it.
Scott Ditzenberger April 05, 2011 at 09:23 PM
It doesn't seem right at all to tear down that beautiful house. There are plenty of other prime areas of town to build on.

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