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New Tremont townhomes planned

 

November 29, 2004

 

By STAN BULLARD

 

Bergen Village, a $12 million townhouse development, soon will rise at the Tremont home of trucking company Midland Concrete & Sand Transportation Inc., which plans to expand in the neighborhood.The 36 townhouses with asking prices upwards of $290,000 are being developed by a partnership formed by owners of the land at 2235 W. Fifth St. and Keith Sutton, president of Sutton Builders, a prolific Tremont builder based in the neighborhood.

 

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Quote:The 36 townhouses with asking prices upwards of $290,000

 

Cleveland could use some more pricier homes like this.  Thats about 24-36 more residents in higher density hoods for cleveland!

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actually that does sound about average for the new big townhouses in tremont.  some of the rehabs in ohio city go for that much as well.  and downtown the one cluster of rowhouses in the WD go for about half a million.  I think there needs to be a good mix tho.  Like with Little Italy, they dont need anymore.  Just fix up the older stuff.

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^Exactly but the average home value in Cleveland is no where nere 290k more like 100K range.  Either way this is good.  anyone intrested in taking a satelite photo and shading in areas and hoods and labeling them for reference? 

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Average home value is $186k (not $100k)  Also check out www.livingincleveland.org  also has info on each "hood" in Cleveland, very cool stuff..  I actually have a cd they made that has pdf's of each areas outline, history, local develmoent contact info and some other stuff I cant think of right now...  Good for Tremont..  I know the Townhomes of Ohio City has prices $375k-500k, but personally, Tremont has more of that village feel tucked right under the noses of most of the Downtown workers...  go tremont!

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Just saw an update on this one in "Inside Tremont," TWDC's newsletter.  The following is from the developer's website (bergenvillagehomes.com):

 

After a prolonged period of purposeful planning and design, the anticipation and suspense surrounding Bergen Village has finally culminated as construction work has begun for the 36 luxury townhome development. The three-acre site that will become Bergen Village was originally acquired by the late Don Bergen, Sr. in 1983 for his construction business because of its proximity to Downtown Cleveland and its convenient access to major highways.

 

    As the Tremont neighborhood gained its reputation as a premier destination for urban living, Don Sr. envisioned the property being redeveloped into a new residential community. Though he was in his final years and felt he no longer had the energy to complete the task, he entrusted the dream to his sons to complete after he passed. Inspired by their father’s vision, Don Jr. and Cecil have been determined to carry out his wish by developing the project in partnership with Keith Sutton and David Territo of Sutton Builders.

 

    Bergen Village rests on Tremont’s Ridge at the corner of West 5th and Literary Road and enjoys an astounding scenic view from its enviable location. Jacobs Field, Gund Arena, and the entire Downtown Skyline provide a picturesque backdrop to the North of the site. Tremont’s historical churches and structures are firmly rooted to the South and West, and the Cuyahoga River and Cleveland’s famous industrial valley are located to the East of the site. In celebration of the unparalleled views, the private road within the subdivision will be known as CityView Drive, and the seven different architectural elevations are named after the seven most characteristic structures that can be observed from the site. From its prime position atop the ridge, Bergen Village offers a panoramic setting, a nostalgic touch of Cleveland’s history, and most of all a distinctive experience in urban living.

 

    Bergen Village will be Tremont’s first gated community. With automated gates on the drive, but swinging gates on the footpaths, the fencing will control vehicular access while remaining friendly to pedestrians. The residents of Bergen Village will enjoy neatly landscaped green spaces and centrally maintained common area which includes snow removal and lawn care. In future years the scenic setting of Bergen Village could connect to a vast network of parks and recreation spaces, with the Ohio Canal Corridor’s exciting proposal to extend the Towpath Trail along West 4th Street adjacent to the site.

 

    The seven different townhome designs range from traditional to more modern. Six designs utilize contextual materials such as Hardie siding, stone, and brick, while one will offer galvanized metal panels. The interior designs are modern with large amounts of open space. A choice of floor plans is offered at each level and will range between 2000 and 2200 square feet among three floors, with an optional elevator.

 

    Prices of the luxury townhomes will begin in the $290s, with special low-interest financing and a 15-year tax abatement available to buyers.

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Well, they have a spectacularly suburban feel to them.  I'll take it, but the design could be much much better.  Alternatively, if they attract a market that wouldn't otherwise consider the inner city, then its a definite plus.

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B12 and Wimwar, I agree with both of you.  I don't like the design elements that I'm seeing or reading about, but I do hope that this "new" product in Tremont will have allure that can capture some of the housing demand that the neighborhood does not already meet. 

 

The few drawings that I've seen show the parking located on the interior of the development, with sidewalks and walkways fronting the street.  This tends to be my preferred layout, but we'll see how this plays out in the "gated community" format.  Those two words are just such taboo in the urban discourse... I wonder who's idea it was to use them as a marketing point!

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im not a fan of "gated communities" but this development is similar to other "southern style" housing developments that are now creeping into Cleveland.  I can't tell you how many of these type developments are in Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale and Houston.  I've seen a few around DC as well.

 

Although this development is a plus, with the parking on interior and housing comes up too the street. 

 

I wish them well. 

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From bergenvillagehomes.com:

 

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I suppose the design is alright and it doesn't sound as though it will be a true gated community (i.e. completely closed to pedestrians). The designers (ADA Architects of Lakewood http://www.adaarchitects.cc/) are the same firm that have worked on other projects in and around the site.

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It looks like something that would be built around a golf course in North Carolina somewhere.  Dense, yet not urban at all.  Why couldn't they do something that mirrors the University Rd. Townhouses or Tremont Ridge?

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ah hell's bell's those are fugly. hateful cookie cutter suburban styled architecture. i wish they would put that in brecksville where it belongs and start over.

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and the seven different architectural elevations are named after the seven most characteristic structures that can be observed from the site.

 

They are called 'Tower City', 'Theodosius', 'Cantious', 'Rockefeller', 'key', 'Fenn' and 'Jones and Laughlin'

 

Take a look at the site, these are all the exact same building with something different taped on the outside.

 

http://bergenvillagehomes.com/elevations.html

 

The rendering shown above is the 'rear elevation' of these.  The front elevation or 'drive elevations' all have 2 two car garage doors across the bottom.  I don't care if the gate is 'swinging' for peds, it's still a gate and a psychological barrier.  And this is all going up in front of one of the best views of the city?  This project is apocalyptically lame.  Tremont deserves better and so does that prime real estate. 

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A photo from the site as of March 11...looks like site work is well underway.  This is on West 5th, directly across from Literary Bluffs.  As it's on the periphery of the neighborhood, and really on a bluff-top, overlooking industry, I'm starting to not mind the design as much as I'm glad that there will be development here in the very near future.

 

BergenVillage.jpg

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Let's get the ball rolling with a thread devoted entirely to Tremont! Let's begin by getting a roundup of all existing or recently completed projects. Anyone, anyone?  8-)

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Valleyview: more than 200 units, all rental, in two phases.  Developed jointly by CMHA & McCormick Baron Salazar.  Adjacent off-site development of 16 (?) for sale units on Starkweather & Professor.  Site work continues and the first homes should appear sometime next year.

 

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7973.0

 

Gospel Press: Redevelopment of historic Gospel Press building on W. 7th & Jefferson.  100+ units (presumably rental).  Work recently began.  Timeline?

 

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=7582.0

 

Bergen Village: 36 townhomes on the corner of W. 5th & Literary, directly across from the recently completed Tremont Ridge and Literary Bluffs developments.  About 5 of these are above ground already.  Not sure what the timeline is for build out.

 

http://www.urbanohio.com/forum2/index.php?topic=1699.0

 

Fruit Avenue Townhomes: 4-5 townhomes with a modern "industrial" flare, tucked into the corner of Fruit, Brayton & W. 9th.  These must be close to completion now.

 

 

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I never thought of starting a Tremont because I had assumed there already was one. I guess that falls into the category of "oops."


"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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I think that qualifies...(although maybe this thread should be in "City Discussion") and that's a good question!  I know they just announced new happy hour specials.  Saw it in the Free Times.

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Bookstore opens new chapter in Tremont

 

By SCOTT SUTTELL

 

10:25 am, November 6, 2006

 

 

 

The 84 Charing Cross Bookstore in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood will be reborn early next year in Tremont under a new name and owner.

 

Dave Ferrante, president of Kaplan Trucking in Cleveland and a longtime book and music buff, bought the used bookstore in October and will move it to a 2,300-square-foot space at 1023 Kenilworth Ave.

 

The store will be called Visible Voice Books & Music (the name comes from a Replacements song) and will sell new books as well as used books, magazines, CDs and DVDs.

 

“I believe in the city and wanted to do something to make it better,” Mr. Ferrante said of bringing the bookstore to Tremont.

 

The 84 Charing Cross store at 6411 Detroit Ave. will be used as space for the adjacent Cleveland Public Theatre.

 

 

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When we do headlines, their length should leave no more than two spaces at the end of each line. And you can't arbitrarily change the width of columns or give yourself more time to come up with something really exceptional. Newspapers are MASH units, not cosmetic surgeons.  So creativity and/or accuracy of headlines often does not happen.

 

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"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond." -- Coach Lou Holtz

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Wonderful! I love indie book & music shops!

 

I'm going to have to look up the address to see where on Kenilworth this is...

 

There are still a few high profile vacant retail spaces (and lots) on Professor.  Any takers?

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Wonderful! I love indie book & music shops!

 

I'm going to have to look up the address to see where on Kenilworth this is...

 

There are still a few high profile vacant retail spaces (and lots) on Professor.  Any takers?

 

Those gaps on Professor drive me nuts!  As does that stupid electrical substation.

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Thanks.  This bookstore will help the neighborhood.  Maybe it's just me, but I think something is lacking in Tremont to make it a functional neighborhood, as opposed to, say, Ohio City.

 

Anyone else think that?  If so, what is missing?

 

(Full disclosure, I worked at Treehouse in '02, so the area has changed a bit since I determined this)

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Fruit Avenue Townhomes: 4-5 townhomes with a modern "industrial" flare, tucked into the corner of Fruit, Brayton & W. 9th.  These must be close to completion now.

 

Here are some pics that I happened to come by on the PURE website for these townhomes.  They do seem to be almost done.

 

http://207.170.132.152/clarencecourt/images/01.jpg

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