Plan for three-story apartment building for senior citizens is approved by Parma Planning Commission
PARMA A plan to build a three-story apartment building for independent senior citizens was approved by the Planning Commission June 26.
However, the plan will need five zoning variances before it can go forward. The Board of Zoning Appeals will consider the proposed variances July 9.
Commission members and Councilwoman Mary Buchholz Galinas expressed concerns about the senior apartments but overall they reacted positively.
“This will be a real super duper project and I think we are going to see a whole lot of (apartment) units go quick,” Galinas said.
Clover Construction Management Inc., a Williamsville, N.Y. developer, would build the senior apartments on about 5 ½ acres on the northwest corner of Huffman and Stumph roads.
Lon C. Marino, real estate manger with Clover, told the commission the project would cost about $8 million.
The apartment building would have 102 two-bedroom units and 23 one-bedroom units for a total of 125 apartments, Marino said.
Clover would charge “market rents” for the apartments but Marino said the exact rates have not yet been determined.
Marino said the building would include a beauty salon for tenants only. He said an independent contractor would run the salon, which would be open one or two days a week.
The building would be made of wood with vinyl siding. Parts of the building, including the front entrance, would have a brick veneer or covering, according to information provided by Marino and the city’s Engineering Department.
Marino said Clover would like to break ground this year, perhaps by Oct. 1. He said Clover would like to open the apartment building by the end of summer 2014.
Clover would manage the property once it is developed, Marino said.
The apartments would need zoning variances for:
• rear-yard setback. City code requires this particular building to stand 102 feet from the rear property line. Clover wants to construct the apartments 76 feet from the rear property line.
• number of ground-level apartment units. Code allows only 10 units on the ground level. Clover has proposed 40 ground-level apartments.
• the beauty salon. Under code, accessory services like beauty salons are permitted in multiple-family dwellings with at least 401 units. Clover’s building would have only 125 units.
• lot coverage. Building can cover only 15 percent of a lot, under code. The proposed apartment building would cover 17 percent of the lot.
• parking. Code requires two parking spaces for each unit for a total of 250 spaces. Clover has proposed just 125 spaces.
Marino said that 125 parking spaces would suffice. He indicated that Clover manages other senior apartment buildings and that typically 70 percent of their tenants drive cars.
Using that formula, the senior apartments in Parma would need only 88 parking spaces, Marino said.
However, Service Director Brian Higgins, a commission member, questioned whether the apartments would have enough parking spaces. He said the BZA will look at the matter closely.
Meanwhile, Melissa Morrow, assistant city engineer, said she would like brick veneer wrapped around the entire base of the building, not just on parts of the base.
Morrow said brick veneer would provide a “protective coating” for the building. Higgins said brick veneer around the entire building would also look better.
Galinas wanted to make sure that the apartment building and parking lot would not worsen flooding in the northwest section of town.
Morrow said she has just started to review Clover’s plan. However, she said the plan appears to comply with storm-water-control regulations.
Katherine Holmok, a commission member, asked if Clover would preserve as many trees as possible on the apartment-building site, which is now empty and undeveloped.
Eric Daniel — of C&S Cos., a Cleveland engineering firm that is working on the project — said Clover and C&S aim to keep a “tree buffer” along the property lines.
Holmok said she would like Clover’s plan to include a walkway leading to the Huffman sidewalk, which connects to the Cleveland Metroparks’ Big Creek Reservation.
Marino said Clover would try to incorporate suggestions from city officials into the senior-apartment plan.
In May, the city approved a rezoning that would allow Clover to building the senior apartments at Huffman and Stumph.
Council rezoned the 5 ½ site from retail business to multi-family.
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