What if I told you that you could buy a new home, wind up paying less than $600 a year on natural gas fuel costs, be within walking distance to the Rapid Transit? And buy this home for less than $130,000? You'd say I was not of sound mind? Well you'd be wrong, this time anyway lol. There is a new green housing development getting ready to break ground (maybe as early as late August) between W. 58th and Pear Avenue. This is exciting news folks. One Design's ECCO House was selected to do the project.
This is also the site of Cleveland's Eco Village which has always had as it's goal Transit Oriented Development (TOD) near a West Cleveland transit stop. The Eco Village Townhomes are luxurious and consist of about 20 town homes. They have been there long enough to have gone through some resales. They have been popular and currently none of them are for sale. One sold this winter for $210,000. They have fabulous floor plans indeed.
But how cool is it, that a more affordable option is being built? I'm not clairvoyant, but I predict they will sell well, especially since only five of them are being built on this parcel.
This to me is what tax abatement should be about...promoting green, TOD development. For more on the story you can go to a well written article in the Sun Newsby Ken Prendergast who I know would have been very excited to cover this story. He is a strong supporter of public transit as well as The Cleveland Hub Initiative/3C Corridor Plan.
For those of you who like to follow sustainability issues, green housing initiatives and transit oriented development updates, you might have been doing so on the Eco Village Website. It still exists, but they have focused their efforts now on Green City Blue Lake. The website has a sharp new look and is loaded with information. I hope you will check it out.
I'm also hoping the success of this project (yes, I'm hopeful!) will bring even more development of this nature to our area. My new mantra is: price points lower than $300k please. For more information you can also contact The Cuyahoga County Land Trust.
Peace Out - 3C