Council Considers ‘Phase 2’ of Clifton Pointe Development

As construction of the first phase is under way — and all 17 units are sold —developers are hoping to build a few more townhomes on the former Irish Cottage property across the street.

The proposal to expand the Clifton Pointe townhome development was sort of kept in a holding pattern following a couple of votes at the city council meetin on Monday. 

First, city council decided to allow the mayor's office to petition the Ohio Department of Development to consider extending the 2011 “Community Reinvestment Area” to the second phase of the development.

As construction of the first phase is under way — and all 17 units are sold —developers are hoping to build a few more townhomes on the former Irish Cottage property across the street.

But, council also held off voting on the issue of rezoning to wait for a decision from the city’s board of zoning and the architectural board of review.

“Council is looking to make sure that the process is being adhered to, and ultimately, it will be a merit-based process,” said Ward 1 councilman David Anderson. “Whatever plan is proposed for the Clifton Pointe expansion will rise or fall based on its merits.” 

“We’re not the experts," he added. "Our approval of any of rezoning for those two parcels is dependent upon those two boards giving approval.”

The project hasn’t come without its share of opponents.

Many of neighbors have shared concerns, including the “size and scope” of the project; parking; landscaping; a possible impact on property values; and safety on Sloane Subway.

Some aren’t too happy about extending the community reinvestment area, either.

The distinction means that potential developments could qualify for tax abatement. However, the tax break would only apply to the increased property value over the next 10 years.

In other words, the properties will still be assessed the same tax amount as before the development: a total of about $22,000 per year.

“We will apply to submit our application to the state department of development for them to consider modifying existing the community reinvestment area, per council’s approval,” said Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development. 

ian king May 07, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Why would anyone in Lakewood - a city that is losing population, visibly experiencing a decline in the physical upkeep of apt. buildings all over town, especially on the East Side on Edgewater, Clifton, etc. and having many homeowners in foreclosure or unable to make repairs on their homes, NOT support this development and investment in this aging city. Wake up Lakewood - it is just not that desirable for a lot of folks/businesses to relocate to this town or to NE Ohio in general. Especially when compared to Austin, Minneapolis, Kansas City, both Portlands, yeck, even Tucson! And btw, whatever happened to the proposed Bob Evans Restaurant on Detroit - gosh a well-regarded Ohio located business that actually at one time wanted to SPEND MONEY in Lakewood - did our so called planning/self -appointed designers scare them away? Lets hope not - but then again, I suppose our city leaders will not really care too much = just add another tax to the dwindling homeowners still in living in Lakewood!


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