New South Euclid homes selling well; Feb. 19 meeting to inform residents of two more possible townhouse projects
SOUTH EUCLID, Ohio — The city is in the midst of a housing boom that could be growing even larger as the year progresses.
During Monday’s (Feb. 12) City Council meeting, Assistant Director of Planning & Development Ashley Holloway stated that 17 homes have been already sold at the new six-acre Lowden Place by Ryan Homes development on the site of the former Lowden School, at Lowden Road and Greenvale Road.
“They just began selling them (homes) on Feb. 2, so that is very great number,” Holloway told council of the number sold.
With 17 homes purchased, only nine homes remain to be sold at the 26-homes site. Lowden Place homes start at $270,000.
After Holloway’s report, Mayor Georgine Welo told council more good news about the homes being built nearby on Greenvale Road.
“Over the weekend, out of the nine lots on Greenvale, five were sold,” she said. “All five are homes that are over $300,000, so that leaves only four (available) homes there.”
Welo said the home builders “can’t believe” how the homes are selling, and said that Ryan is looking to build more on infill lots in the city. “They’re very excited about the market,” she said.
The sale of the Greenvale homes is very satisfying to Welo, who received criticism from some residents when the city purchased for $1.6 million in 2006 nine blighted duplexes on Greenvale. These were homes that were often the subject of police visits for various disturbances and offenses.
The Greenvale homes were demolished and the lots sat vacant until September, 2022, when Sommers Development Group bought them for development for a total of $95,000.
This news comes a week after it was announced that One South Euclid, the city’s community development corporation, along with the city, is seeking requests for proposals (RFP) from developers interested in building homes on about 70 infill lots. Most of these lots once had homes upon them that have since been demolished for various reasons, a good many coming down during the housing crisis brought about by the recession of 2007-09.
Developers who wish to submit an RFP have until May 1 to do so by visiting onesoutheuclid.org/infill.
In addition to the home-building activity described above, more may be on the way.
Holloway announced that a community meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 19 at the South Euclid Community Center, 1370 Victory Drive. During that meeting, residents will be informed about two more proposed housing developments.
“We want to wait until the actual meeting to say more,” Holloway said of these two possible new developments.
“Things may change between now and (the Feb. 19 meeting), so I don’t want to hype people up ahead of the meeting,” he said. ”Right now, it’s two separate housing developments (that are proposed).”
All Holloway would divulge is that the two proposed developments involve possible construction of townhouses. He would not give the locations.
Former and now current Ward 4 Councilman John Fahsbender attended his first council meeting of the year after being appointed to the seat in January.
In November, Fahsbender, then the Ward 4 council representative, did not appear on the ballot because he did not gather enough valid signatures. As a result, Ward 4 voters had no candidates from which to chooselast fall.
Council then had the task of filling the position and elected Fahsbender to take over the job he held until Dec. 31. The decision was between Fahsbender and one other resident interested in representing Ward 4, Natalie Stamper.
Soon after he learned he would not be on the ballot, Fahsbender expressed doubt that he would be interested in returning to council. He said Monday that hearing from certain people changed his mind.
“To be honest, the Council President (Ruth Gray) and the mayor were strongly encouraging me to get back here, because they felt I added to something to the council, a perspective. You can’t say no to both of them.”
As for goals, Fahsbender, a lawyer, said that he, in the past, met monthly with the city’s building and housing department and that he plans to continue doing so to help with building, housing and real estate planning in South Euclid.
“Also, the remarkable infill housing things going on here with these new builds,” he said. “It’s not like we’re Cleveland with 18,000 lots, but we have a lot of places we can do that (build homes) and improve the neighborhoods.
“Another thing I’m excited about is working with Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid on transportation initiatives — looking at alternative means of multi-modal transportation.
“I think one of the things I’d like to see — I live off of Miramar Boulevard — and there’s no traffic calming in those long blocks that go east and west. Hopefully, what we’ll be able to look at is changing the way the traffic moves in the local streets, instead of being fast cut-throughs, we want to keep people on the main arteries and keep the people that live in the neighborhoods a little more safe.”
In his first meeting back, Fahsbender’s council colleagues selected him to again be their representative on the city’s Landmark Commission.
South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools Board of Education President Cassandra Jones updated council Monday on the schools and said that the district is financially on sound footing.
“As far as finances, we’re pretty stable,” Jones said. “(I) do not see a levy in the picture any time this year, soon, and I don’t believe we’re planning for one next year.
“We do have a board retreat coming up where we’ll be looking at the financial picture, and Treasurer (Joshua) Hill will be bringing forth some forecasts, but I think we’re pretty stable as far as finances, pillars, administration, and going forward.”
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