PHOTOS: New lofts on West 25th to fill in gap on popular venue

PHOTOS: New lofts on West 25th to fill in gap on popular venue

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - When you look at its ornate exterior it is easy to see that they don't build buildings like the one to be redeveloped on West 25th Street any more.

Details remain on the 19th century structure that would be far too costly to create today. On the inside remnants of the properties industrial past will remain, too.  But a lot will change.

There are beams to be hoisted into place, concrete to be broken up, new concrete to be poured, cinderblock to be laid, and metal to be cut.

Project Manager John Chomet has his marching orders.

"The owners want a lot of the retro look, the stuff like that so all this steel, the angle steel, the steel beams will be exposed," Chomet said.

"This is a 143 year old building built in 1872. It has great bones, great gothic architecture with high ceilings and things like that," developer Rick Foran said.

He has been working on the $26 million dollar project for 6 or 7 years. Construction began around Labor Day, and should be complete next September.

In the end 83 apartments above 9 thousand square feet of ground level retail.

It is a natural extension north on West 25th from popular restaurants, breweries and the West Side Market. It's only a half mile from Public Square.

"You can walk to work, it's great, it's outside the central business district and nice neighborhood Ohio City has just been growing like crazy over the last 10 years, probably started with the Bier Market and a couple of other things down the street," Foran said.

Rents for the one and two story units will run between $900 and $2000 a month.

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