By Sue Botos
While the spruce-up of Downtown Rocky River continues, with the restoration of several buildings and the hope for a grant to provide new signage, more potential shoppers and diners will soon be moving in across the river.
Abode Living principal Andrew Brickman joined Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, development Director Dru Siley, County Councilman Dale Miller and other officials for the groundbreaking of Clifton Pointe II on July 24. The development will be the second part of a multi- million-dollar townhome development off of Sloane Avenue in Lakewood’s West End.
As with Clifton Pointe’s sister community, Eleven River, situated on the western cliffs of the Rocky River, most of the units in Phase I sold out before completion, according to Brickman. Judging from the crowd on hand for the groundbreaking, open house and reception at Vosh in Lakewood, Phase II may quickly follow suit. In fact, according to Abode’s Justin Campbell, five more units were added to Phase II, bringing the total to 22.
“We’re in the position to carry the torch,” Campbell said, referring to Abode communities emphasis eco-friendliness as well as a “walkable” lifestyle.
“Our buyers want open space for entertaining and no-maintenance living,” Campbell said, noting that accessibility to the Metroparks’ biking and walking trails as well as the shops of Old River is a “signature” for Abode properties, which include Eleven River, 27 Coltman in Little Italy and the Brownstones at Derbyshire in Cleveland Heights.
A representative was also on hand from an eco-resort which the developer is building in Mexico, near Cancun. “It mixes archaeology with culture,” stated Juan Carlos.
Dave Harper, a resident of 27 Coltman who was attending the open house, agreed that the walkability aspect was part of what attracted him to the project. “The best part is that I can get a quart of milk without getting into the car,” the business owner stated.
Clifton Pointe II will offer units ranging from 1,600 to 3,000 square feet, which owners can customize. The three- to four-story glass-fronted townhomes in Abode’s signature modern style feature decks off of almost every level, including outdoor rooftop kitchens and fireplaces. Campbell said that “green” is the operative word, with sustainable organic rooftop gardens. Costs range from $329,000 to $699,000.
According to information provided by Abode, on-site comprehensive recycling of construction materials is being
conducted, and products used to build the homes, such as insulation, concrete and siding, are made from repurposed materials.
The additional five units, which are to be built on the property once occupied by the Irish Cottage gift shop on Sloane Avenue, met with initial resistance from some Lakewood residents. About a dozen attended a May City Council meeting, protesting the developer’s request for a zoning change, to allow for townhomes, as well as a 10-year tax abatement that is being offered to buyers. The Lakewood Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the rezoning.
Clifton Pointe is the only Lakewood residence offering a tax abatement.
Aside from environmental awareness, Campbell stated that wellness will be another key attraction for the development. Aside from close proximity to the Metroparks, he said, as with all Abode properties, a personal trainer will be available, as well as kayak and bike rentals. There will also be a community garden and a 24-hour concierge. “We offer a full encompassing view of how you live your life,” he stated.