Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Fairview Park’s stunning RiverSouth eco-homes overlook Metroparks

By CAROLINE R. MERK

Fairview Park tends to be a bit overlooked. “We choose to stay under the radar,” says Mayor Eileen A. Patton. With easy access to the airport, I-90 and I-480, it is a very conveniently positioned suburb. Smaller than Rocky River, its neighbor to the north, Fairview Park is just less than five square miles and has a population of almost 18,000 residents. The city has a good balance of commercial businesses and residential properties. The Metroparks Rocky River Reservation, locally referred to as “the Valley,” forms the eastern border. Lovely houses line the park’s rim, taking advantage of the glorious vistas. Quiet neighborhoods offer an interesting mix of affordable homes.

As an inner ring suburb, Fairview Park is a mature community. New construction happens when something old is torn down. Mayor Patton has had all the blighted motels that once lined Lorain Road demolished, and in their stead built the Gemini Center, the city’s state-of-the-art community and recreation complex. She made sure all of the city parks were redone. During her 16-year tenure, the city has made a big turnaround. These actions inevitably invite investment. That is precisely what is happening in the form of a new community of stunning townhomes called RiverSouth Modern Ecohomes.

The location is prime real estate — overlooking the Metroparks, on the south side of Lorain Road, across the Valley from Fairview Hospital. “RiverSouth will be the gateway to our city from the east,” says the Mayor. Currently under construction, RiverSouth is a Brickhaus Partners project. Andrew Brickman is the visionary and progressive-minded principal and managing partner of the company. “By combining creativity, innovation and artistry, we are able to create communities that are both enduring and enhance the human experience,” says Andrew. It took him a year to acquire the three parcels of land he needed for RiverSouth. He has a talent for finding and repurposing well-positioned and underused sites. Three of his other highly successful projects prove the point: Eleven River in Rocky River, Clifton Pointe in Lakewood and 27 Coltman in Little Italy. Dimit Architects designed each of these stylistically unique communities, and they are responsible for the striking, contemporary architecture of RiverSouth.

RiverSouth will consist of 35 units with two different types of residences, Urban Lofts and Canyon Homes, with six different, completely customizable floor plans. All the units have three levels and two car garages. Canyon Homes are bigger (1,800-2,200 sq. ft.) than Urban Lofts (1,100-1,400 sq. ft.) and have premium views of the Metroparks. Each Canyon Home has a rooftop deck and one off the second floor, whereas Urban Lofts have decks off the second and third floors. As eco-homes they will have high efficiency furnaces, appliances and hot water tanks. The exteriors are made of an attractive, low-maintenance composite material that is recognized as a green building product for its sustainability. Pella windows are Energy Star qualified, which means they keep heat out in the summer and heat in during the winter. Environmentally friendly bamboo flooring will be featured throughout the interiors. The townhomes start at approximately $240,000 and go upwards of $500,000, depending on the degree of customization. Nine units are already pre-sold, taking advantage of pre-construction pricing. Additionally, there is a 100 percent tax abatement for seven years.

The walkability of a neighborhood is a key concern for Andrew when considering a site. “One of the best ways to be eco-friendly is not driving your car long distances,” he says. “That’s why we want all of our communities to be within walking distance to shops and restaurants.” RiverSouth is just a stroll away from Kamm’s Corners and a short drive to Westgate and downtown Rocky River. With the Metroparks at their doorsteps, residents will have easy access to biking, fishing and golfing. “Our schools are excelling, so we already have an influx of young families moving in, but to have this type of property will attract a different demographic,” says the Mayor. “We’re very excited about this. It’s sparking a lot of interest.”

Brickhaus Partners has three other developments in the works on the City’s West Side. An elegant row of townhomes is planned for Lake Avenue, east of W. 117th Street — a block from the Clifton Boulevard commercial district. In Ohio City at W. 20th Street, Andrew is planning a mixed-use community with 250 apartment, live/work studios, townhomes and retail space. Just steps from West Side Market and the thriving W. 25th Street district, this area is sure to be another success story. The final project is at Lake Avenue and W. 98th Street, close to the Detroit-Shoreway neighborhood.

For more information, visit riversouthmodern.com

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