City Architecture created a two-block redevelopment plan focused towards providing quality, mixed-income housing while contributing to the revitalization of the historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This urban mixed-use development involves historic renovation and new construction, residential and commercial uses, condominiums and apartments as well as the integration of a new parking garage. The infrastructure and public spaces throughout the site have been designed to promote a cohesive, connected and vibrant neighborhood.
Smart Growth Community Excellence Award - Mixed-Use Development
Downtown Akron's emerging Northside District is a mixed-use neighborhood on the northern edge of Downtown Akron, overlooking the scenic Cuyahoga Valley National Park. This urban development serves an integral role in Akron's revitalization, offering new residents, shopping opportunities, restaurants and a hotel. A linear park threads the site, creating a series of plazas that serve as a promenade to the adjacent national park, the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath trail system and the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad Akron Station.
Northside's new construction includes a 60-unit mixed-use loft building, a 146-room hotel, and townhomes. The loft building's post-tensioned concrete structure allows each unit to be finished in an industrial aesthetic with exposed concrete floors and ceilings. The new 10-story hotel features enclosed parking, a restaurant, meeting space, pool, theater, and a fitness center and will be the first first hotel constructed in Downtown Akron in the past 40 years. Overall, the Northside redevelopment brings new activities to Downtown's edge, re-establishing the district's important role with its urban context and offering market-rate residential options within the metro area.
Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award for Public Housing - The Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition Honor Award for Urban Design - Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Multi-Family Renovation of the Year - NAIOP Northern Ohio Award of Excellence - Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing
The Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) commissioned a master planning study for the former Garden Valley Estates, a public housing complex located in the southwest corner of Cleveland’s Kinsman neighborhood. The master plan demonstrates the ability to rethink outdated ideas on inward-facing, secluded public housing by constructing new streets and opening blocks to the surrounding neighborhood. Safe public spaces and re-orientated housing units address their streets and create a place that is authentic and vibrant.
Reconstruction includes new mixed-income townhomes, single-family homes, multi-family apartments and parks. Sustainable building and site design features are integrated throughout the entire development to ensure that the redevelopment is cost effective and practical to maintain. In addition to recycled / low VOC finishes and energy star fixtures, photovoltaic panels located on the roofs of the buildings, paired with such construction techniques as high efficiency insulation, serve to reduce resident’s utility bills. Bioretention cells located throughout park spaces and permeable paving utilized in driveways and sidewalks reduce stormwater management demand.
This multi-phased initiative has completely reconstructed a blighted neighborhood with new housing. Front doors face streets, porches offer residents private spaces, apartments are connected with community spaces and parks represent areas for recreational uses. Plazas and playgrounds are arranged around picnic areas, all in efforts to provide spaces for the intergenerational resident community. Heritage View's planning and architecture demonstrate CMHA's commitment to providing their residents with dignified and desirable housing options.
Grand Award - 2011 Builder’s Choice Design & Planning Award - Builder Magazine Honorable Mention for Urban Design - Cleveland Chapter of the American Institute of Architects Preservation Award of Merit - Cleveland Chapter of the AIA & Cleveland Restoration Society Award of Merit for Historic Preservation - Ohio Historic Preservation Office of the Ohio Historical Society Renovation of the Year - NAIOP Northern Ohio Chapter Gold Medal Feature - Building of America Award / Real Estate & Construction Review
The CSU Collegetown Plan establishes a dynamic mixed-use center to support the University community as well as provide a new urban destination in Downtown Cleveland. Development strategies promote new retail and housing and create a truly livable neighborhood that incorporates streetscape and public space improvements that promote a walkable college district. The plan identifies strategies for CSU's repositioning as an urban campus. Once an inwardly-faced campus, initiatives have opened access and view corridors, connecting campus interior courtyards and buildings to Euclid Avenue. Opening the campus' edge along Cleveland's Healthline (bus rapid transit system) has resulted in renewed activity. Collegetown's emergence as a downtown neighborhood brings new life to the city's core.
University Lofts, at the heart of the district was the first phase in the plan's implementation and represents one of Downtown Cleveland's first modern residential buildings constructed within the last decade. The pioneering $10M project builds on distinctive architecture already existing in the Euclid Avenue Historic District, with the corridor and its buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Two historic buildings are brought back to their original glory, and complemented by a striking new contemporary infill addition, faced with a floor-to-ceiling glass and metal panel exterior. The new structure establishes a precedent for contemporary architecture that rebuilds the fabric and rhythm of the historic street facades and reinvigorates the main street pedestrian experience. Ground floor areas are dedicated to new retail and restaurant spaces.
Building the Circle Award – University Circle Inc.
Maximum Accessible Housing of Ohio (MAHO) is an organization that advocates on behalf of people with mobility disabilities and develops, owns and operates accessible apartment communities. This new facility serves as a model of accessible living, offering multiple living unit types, community rooms and site amenities that are all interconnected and easily navigated for all residents.
MAHO serves as a national resource and training center to provide the best in accessible design. City Architecture worked with MAHO administrators to help develop prototypes and standards that inform similar developments throughout the country. The facility utilizes innovative approaches to green design in the urban environment and has achieved a Silver-rated LEED for Homes designation from the USGBC.
Battery Park Development
The site of the 15-acre former Eveready Battery plant and facilities, the Battery Park Development rebuilds this section of the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood by providing new residences of distinct character and quality. Situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Erie, the site affords excellent views of downtown Cleveland. The project extends the grid of the existing neighborhood and incorporates a broad range of residential options that build in scale and provide a complementary blend of new and old.
The 328 new units are comprised of a mixture of single-family homes, townhomes, and loft units. A range of public spaces provide access throughout the development to the surrounding neighborhood, views of the lakefront, and an easier, safer connection to Edgewater Park. Finally, the historic Powerhouse Building has undergone a complete renovation to include a restaurant, market/deli, fitness room, and community meeting space.
The Normandy Senior Living
The Normandy Campus, situated on 32 acres in Rocky River, Ohio is comprised of The Normandy Apartments, a 150-unit Independent living facility, and The Normandy Care Center, a 150-bed skilled nursing community. City Architecture was engaged to analyze, research, and lead programming exercises to identify and prioritize improvements for the campus. Various options were explored to maintain the campus’ competitive edge and stay current with trends in senior living design. At the apartments, this led to the design and construction of a 5,000 square foot addition and nearly 30,000 of renovated space to provide enhanced dining options, modern fitness facilities, improved operational spaces, outdoor walking trails, and more. To fill a gap in the community’s continuum of care, City Architecture designed a new 80-unit, 70,000 square foot assisted living facility which includes a secure 40-unit memory care unit and ample support and community spaces.
National Award of Excellence - National Association of Housing & Redevelopment Officials
This Hope VI project provides new housing opportunities in Tremont by replacing an existing Cleveland public housing project with a new urban neighborhood of multifamily housing. When complete, the project will consist of townhomes and apartment buildings with community facilities. A unique feature of this project is its location on a slope, providing scintillating views of downtown Cleveland. The proposed new street pattern for the site connects this project to its surroundings and creates intimately scaled streets and blocks, reinforcing community values and establishing a livable and pleasant neighborhood. In addition, revitalization of historic WPA artwork has been carefully preserved and integrated into the new project.
Cleveland Choice Award - Best Urban/Infill Development - Home Builders Association 24th Annual Builder’s Choice Award - New Urban Community - Builder Magazine Craftsmanship Award for Construction - Cleveland Builders Exchange Midwest Regional “Gold” Award - Best in American Living - Professional Builder Magazine & National Association of Homebuilders
Located on a wooded hillside in Little Italy’s active commercial district, the Villa Carabelli Townhomes are arranged around a central court to provide views of the neighborhood and city beyond. Graceful, classic lines paired with crisp, modern detailing, and quality materials result in a timeless overall appeal. Each unit is fully customized and unique in layout. These 20 units enliven their surroundings while providing an intimate and exciting option for urban living.
Heritage Lane Homes
HGTV & The National Trust for Historic Preservation - Restore America Grant
Best Overall Renovation Exterior - Cleveland Choice Award - Home Builders Association
The Heritage Lane Homes renovation is the catalyst project for the planned redevelopment of East 105th Street in the Heritage Lane Neighborhood. Having been acquired by the local community development corporation, a series of vacant historic duplexes, part of the Wade Park/Magnolia National Historic District, are being restored to their original grandeur. In accordance with the neighborhood’s strategic vision, they are being converted to single-family, owner-occupied housing, requiring very careful detailing to ensure the retention of the original exterior character of each to meet the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. The new floor plans for the homes incorporate modern plan features including larger kitchens and bathrooms, more open and flowing spaces where possible and in some cases the option of a two-story living room.
The Bluestone Community is a residential development in Cleveland Heights that occupies a long, narrow site along Mayfield Road across from Severance Town Center. Responding to the proportions of the property a new road was created that leads into the site. The development lays out an arts and crafts style apartment building and Chicago-style townhomes along the street frontage. The interior of the site is includes six cluster home buildings, each arranged around a private auto court. A total of 88 units make up the Bluestone development upon its completion.
Originally designed by Robert P. Madison, Ohio’s first African American registered architect, the former Medical Associates Building received new life through the renovation into a 4-floor mixed use apartment complex. The renovation provides a new ground flour retail space, 12 apartment units, and the re-purposing of an adjacent daycare into an artist studio. These visions will help preserve this site’s significant cultural and local history while allowing it to flourish as a new, enlivened community asset.