Lakewood unveils development proposals for multi-million dollar project

LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) - Picture a high-rise building, sitting in the spot where the old Lakewood Hospital stood for decades.

Tuesday evening, developers presented renderings at Lakewood City Hall, giving people a better idea of what the future could hold for the section of Detroit Avenue between Belle and Marlowe avenues.

"I think it's an exciting time for Lakewood right now. It's not too often, with a congested city, like this, that you have a parcel of land where you can really develop," said resident Steve Skantzos.

While some may have reservations about the $70 million project, everyone at the meeting seemed excited about the city's expansion.

"I think it's great for Lakewood. I've lived here my whole life," said resident Ryan Cronin.

Bryce Sylvester is Lakewood's Director of Planning and Development. He's played a lead role in the proposed revival of the six-acre site.

"It's huge. I think the city has been waiting a long time to get to this moment, which is to see renderings, to see site plans, and this is really just the beginning of that process," he said.

The city kicked the project off in February. Since then, they've narrowed it down to two final developers: Carnegie Management & Development Corporation and CASTO & North Pointe Realty.

Both developers said they plan to bring new housing, jobs, shops and service needs to the already successful city, while also keeping Lakewood's historical vibrance alive.

They're factors Skantzos said make his hometown a special place to be.

"Lakewood is a good place. I grew up here, my family grew up here, it's pretty unique and we do things our own way and it's nice to have the opportunity to do something special in the center of the city," he said.

Project commissioners plan to work with city council, while also taking the community's recommendations, to make a final decision this fall. The city hopes to break ground in 2019 and wrap up the project in 2021.

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