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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 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, 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.”

means that potential developments could qualify for tax abatements.

And, in August the approved a proposal to consolidate the three parcels of land in the 1300 block of Sloane Avenue into one parcel.

Alex Vandehoff October 14, 2011 at 10:03 AM
Sounds like a good move in the plans - that's a rather steep slope back there, I figured it would take quite a bit of work to keep it stable. Next best thing they can do is change the silly name of the project. Just 'Metro' would be better.
Pat Ballasch October 14, 2011 at 06:18 PM
Where can we review the impact study that evaluates the basis for tax incentives being given the developer or purchasers? I'll assume that type of report is done for all projects that affect public finances. That would be part of "The new fiscal responsibility" that insures good governance.
Steve October 14, 2011 at 07:26 PM
Wish I could afford a 300-600k house and not pay property taxes for 10 plus years. How does this help the city? What about the rest of US?
Alex Vandehoff October 15, 2011 at 10:27 AM
I'd like to think I caused the name change, though I'm sure I didn't. Either way, Clifton Point is much better. And I'm with Pat and Steve - can't say I love the tax abatement plans. Generally I'm ok with some sort of abatement, but 10 years scot-free is too much. How about a progressive plan, increasing 0.5% per year until it's up to the normal rate?

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