New Upscale Townhomes Eyed for Irish Cottage Property

Abode Living, the developers behind the Clifton Pointe project, are looking to develop the land across the street.

The developers behind Clifton Pointe — the 17 luxury townhomes along the Rocky River on Sloane Avenue — are eyeing another multi-million-dollar project across the street.

With only a few units remaining in the first phase of development, Abode Living is working on plans to build additional units on the property most recently occupied by Irish Cottage.

The gift shop specializing in Irish gifts, closed several years ago. It’s been vacant since.

That building, as well as the structure just to the north, would be demolished to make way for as many as six new townhomes.

Andrew Brickman of Abode Living said that he’s proposing architectural plans to the city this week.

“We’ve already got three buyers lined up,” he said, adding that most of the units in the first phase are already spoken for. “It’ll make a tremendous difference in that neighborhood.”

Clifton Pointe “Phase Two” would be complimentary in its “classic modernism” style and is expected to look similar to its sister project across Sloane Subway.

That $10 million project broke ground earlier this year, with residents expected to move in by summer.

“We’re thrilled with the success we’ve had with Phase One,” Brickman said.

He said if all goes according to plan, construction of the new project could be finished by the beginning of 2014.

“It will really anchor that whole neighborhood,” Brickman said. “It’ll help the property values and it will bring in many new families.”

Earlier this year, Lakewood City Council granted Clifton Pointe a 10-year tax abatement, and Brickman said he would seek another tax abatement for the new project.

Dru Siley, the city’s director of planning and development, said that the new townhomes would be “a nice compliment to the project” across the street.

“It diversifies our housing stock,” Siley said. “It does bring in new residents to Lakewood. And it also begins redevelopment of our riverfront — that’s something that hasn’t been done in 40 years. They’ve had very good success across the river in Rocky River. And they think this is a good investment on this side of the river.”

Siley said that the neighborhood has “a lot of potential” for future development.

“I think this could expand our reach as far as people looking to develop the riverfront — even though there is only about 800 feet of riverfront,” he added.

Christina Cocchiarale Ward November 07, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I think it's a ridiculous move especially when you have VERY nice AND expensive condos on the east end. Some are vacant and have been for a while. There's land to build more but it's been on hold for over a year because of finances. Dumb move in my opinion. Makes NO sense whatsoever. Finish on THIS side. Finish to build on the east side is what I mean. Or at least plant grass in those crappy looking lots, which, by the way, the trees that were put there don't help beautify it. Come on, Lakewood.
Adam Metzner November 07, 2012 at 07:59 PM
Anyone that thinks that condos are some how going to anchor the neighborhood have never lived in Lakewood. Also, technically they are "river front", but 200 feet above it. The only way that you are getting to the river from there are going to be a bunch of steps.
Pat Ballasch November 08, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Christina, Developers make decisions where they will build. It's not the job of city decision-makers to dictate who builds where. Customers purchasing in a development indicate the developer made good decisions planning and implementing their vision. I'm happy to see some successful projects going up in Lakewood. I'm also impressed with how sharp our Detroit downtown area is looking.
The original Bill November 08, 2012 at 04:25 PM
It makes perfect sense to me seeing as how the majority of them are sold before being built. What would you have them do Christina, force the people who bought these units to forgo the riverfront condos they bought and make them move into the vacant units on the east end?
Jack Adderboilt November 08, 2012 at 04:56 PM
The health of any city is directly tied to (not listed in any order): Church membership and attendence - Lakewood is down ... Police patrols, presence and outreach - Lakewood is fair / C+B minus ... The health of our small business - Lakewood is poor with restaurants an exception ... Local government support of small business - Lakewood is a mixed story ... Small business is too often treated as a stepchild; when in fact it is the eyes, ears and backbone of our neighborhoods ... Sure we need to be bicycle friendly and have basketball courts and that small park on the vacant valley property, etc., etc. ... but best we invest first in the wooing and courtship of small business ... Let us fill those empty storefronts ... Let us build and maintain an effective police force ... Thus adding to our fine schools, organizations and our fairly well-kept city housing and streets ... Lakewood can become a model of growth instead of the old CWRU study of predicted decline and decay ... And we as citizens have a vital part: in the hiring of politicians who will walk with us, instead of finding novel ways to buy more buildings and vehicles and hiring more people to occupy them ...
Christina Cocchiarale Ward November 08, 2012 at 07:50 PM
I just think that the building director should focus his attn on this end. Yes, monies come from different places, I know. All these condos....<sigh> My opinion: doesn't make sense. Why can't we show the people to the east side? Too many condos being built with nobody to move into them. Here.
The original Bill November 08, 2012 at 09:35 PM
Christina is there any development that is being done in Lakewood that you are not against? All you ever do on here is complain and whine about every single development project happening in Lakewood. McDonalds, Quaker Steak, Dollar General, Discount Drug Mart, Value World. If you hate this city so much why not just move out to Avon?
xv November 08, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Christina you can't even compare the two Condo projects. The East end Condo's are maximum number of units that could be built on the land. There is no green space at all. The City failed us for allowing the developer to build so many architecturally challenged units with out any green space. The new CVS drug store has more green space around it. Who would want to live there? There is no plan, or timeline for what was to be the next phase, nor should there be. Again the city has let us down by not even requiring the developer to maintain the empty lots. Were as the Clifton Point development was more about quality (not quantity) living with green space all around.
Christina Cocchiarale Ward November 08, 2012 at 11:54 PM
The original Bill, I did NOT complain about every single one. You're just going on assumption. Nice. Not sure where you get your so called "facts" from but you're wrong. I said what I said. I don't care if you like it or not.


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