The city’s Planning Commission will review a revised proposal from Brickhaus Partners for its 700 Lake project at a special meeting Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.
The developers withdrew a proposal for the $35 million condominium and townhouse project on Lake Road just west of Bradstreet’s Landing from its scheduled meeting with the Planning Commission July 16 due to not meeting changes the commission requested.
“We just weren’t as far along with our designs as we would have liked to have been,” said 700 Lake developer, Andrew Brickman, the founder of Brickhaus Partners. “The Planning Commission had a lot of concerns with our project and we wanted to make sure we answered all of them, which we couldn’t by the time the meeting came.”
Brickman said he would present a fully prepared plan for the project to the commission by Aug. 6. If the commission approves the new proposal, a public hearing will be held soon after.
Previously, the commission rejected proposals from the developer because they differed from what was accepted in previous City Council meetings when the site was rezoned. Building material, landscaping and parking lots have changed, holding up the project until these discrepancies are resolved.
Problems with the latest design became apparent during the city’s Design and Construction Board of Review meeting on July 15 when members raised questions and concerns about the latest proposal for the development on the Lake Erie shoreline.
700 Lake representatives struggled to convey their vision of the project to board members during an hour-long session.
“There’s a strong need to understand what’s going on on Lake Road,” board Chairman Jim Larsen said during the meeting. “We’re still confused.”
Board members’ main concern is the site’s topography, specifically the elevation and grading needed to build townhomes on Lake Road, which the plans showed. Larsen pointed out that if he were jogging on the sidewalk on Lake, as one of the designs showed, he could fall off and break his foot. He used his desk as a reference to how the elevation of the site affected that.
Project Manager Alexandra Yonkov and Development Partner John Carney worked through various blueprints to help board members understand what they were looking at. Despite their best attempts, the board was not swayed.
“Until I see this all blown up, I am lost in understanding the relationship of the units on Lake Road and the perimeter.” Larsen said after an explanation of the townhomes and their elevation.
Brickman wants to build 25 condominiums and 17 townhomes on a 2.5-acre site. He has torn down two homes on Lake and wants to raze four homes on Breezevale Cove, then redevelop the site.
In an interview earlier this month, he projected that the first phase of the two-phase project would begin between late August and early September. According to Brickman, the project will cost $35 million to $45 million.
About 55 people are on the list to reserve a unit for the project. They had to pay a $3,000 deposit to be considered. If applicants wish to pull out of their reservation or have found somewhere else to live, the deposit is refundable, Brickman said.
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