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$50 million Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development project in Cleveland Heights gets design approval

Plans call for the development to include 206 apartment units, roughly 8,200 square feet of retail space, and significant open and gathering spaces.
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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio — The proposed $50 million Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development project has been granted a final design approval by the Cleveland Heights Architectural Board of Review following months of community discussion.

The plan calls for the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development to be constructed on roughly 4.8 acres of parking areas and vacant land located at the southeast intersection of Cedar and Lee Roads. It will include 206 apartment units, roughly 8,200 square feet of retail space, and significant open and gathering spaces. The apartment units will include studios and one- and two-bedroom units ranging in size from 560-1,230 square feet.

“It has been the City’s goal for more than 15 years to bring this kind of project to the Cedar Lee district. Now, we are finally making it a reality,” said Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren in a statement. “The Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook development will draw new residents to Cleveland Heights by offering opportunities to live in one of Greater Cleveland’s most compelling places to shop and dine.”

In order to help support the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project, the city says it has made significant investment in the parking structure at the site, undertaken a streetscaping effort, rezoned the property to allow for mixed-use development, and acquired and environmentally remediated a parcel of property at the intersection of Meadowbrook and Lee Roads.

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“We’re excited to move one step closer to a ground-breaking,” said Brandon Bogan, Flaherty & Collins’ Vice President, Design & Pre-Construction Services. Flaherty & Collins Properties is leading the development team along with Cleveland-based City Architecture. “We ended up with a design that will strengthen the Cedar-Lee area and compliment the mix of businesses and residential options in the neighborhood.”

Earlier this year, the Cedar-Lee-Meadowbrook project received approval from Cleveland Heights’ Board of Zoning Appeals and Planning Commission. The next steps for the project involve completing building plans and reviewing the project’s financials, including the approval of public financial incentives by the City of Cleveland Heights and the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District.

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