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Sloane Avenue Townhomes Proposal Takes Another Step Forward

City's planning commission OKs consolidating three parcels of land into one.

A along Sloane Avenue has taken another step forward.

At last week’s , the project — now named Le Metro — got the green light to consolidate three parcels of land in the 1300 block of Sloane Avenue into one parcel.

Following some discussion, the vote was unanimous.

The multi-million-dollar project's plans include demolishing three homes to make way for upscale, cluster townhomes.

Dru Siley, the city’s planning and development director, fielded questions from commissioners about the future of the parcels if the development plans fell through.

“If another development happened, it would have to go through this process all over again,” Siley assured the commission. “This doesn’t give other development any unfair advantage.”

Several neighbors also attended the meeting to voice some concern.

“I am the guy next door, so I have an interest in this,” said Fritz Schaufele, who owns the property next door at 1312 Sloane Avenue.  “If it's going to be done, it’s got to be done well."

“You can’t mess with the river bank without the (US) Army Corps of Engineers."

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.

Andrew Brickman from Abode Living — the developer responsible for the upscale Eleven River homes in Rocky River — said recently that if all goes according to plan, work could begin on the Le Metro townhomes project in the spring of 2012.

Alex Vandehoff August 09, 2011 at 11:35 AM
Love the project and design, but 'Le Metro' is a 'Le Stupid' name.
Pat Ballasch August 09, 2011 at 02:41 PM
I like the idea of new housing on Sloane. I'll feel even better if the project doesn't further erode our tax base. When someone isn't paying taxes the cost of their services are passed on to existing taxpayers. What's being done to safeguard the new project will be built? What about the 3+ year old stalled project next door? What have the decision makers learned from Cliff Side? (The homes, marina and most of the trees on the cliff were removed.) What was the loss in real estate taxes on those homes & marina? The public & politicians need to have an idea of the impact these projects have so good decisions are standard operating procedure. Best wishes to all well thought out projects.
Paul Grimm August 09, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Agreed - LeMetro is too close to LeBron.

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