A rendering shows the planned three-story Harbor Verandas building rising on a former skateboarding park site on downtown Cleveland’s East 9th Street Pier. (Dimit Architects)

By August, residents could be living in the new Harbor Verandas apartments on Cleveland’s East 9th Street Pier.

Construction on the three-story, 16-unit building is on schedule, said developer Dick Pace. Restaurants and retail are finalizing leases for the first-floor retail spaces. And the result could change the vibe at Voinovich Bicentennial Park, downtown’s green space on Lake Erie.

“Voinovich Park does a great job with festivals,” Pace said. “Just a Tuesday afternoon in July, it’s going to be a place where people go to hang out.”

The Downtown Cleveland Alliance — which manages the park at the surrounding North Coast Harbor area, “where the city meets the lake” – is adding Bocce ball courts. There’s already a ton to do:


The second story concrete has been poured for the Harbor Verandas building on Cleveland East 9th Street Pier. (Laura Johnston, RocktheLake)

“That’s the whole point, to have a destination for people to come down and enjoy,” Pace said.

Cleveland Bike Tours will be located in Harbor Verandas, Pace’s Cumberland Development will move its offices there and Cleveland Pickle sandwich shop has been mentioned as a possible tenant. The building, which is being constructed on city property, will have 28 enclosed parking spaces, retail space and a 40-foot public boardwalk around it.

Pace said rental rates have not yet been set. But in August, projected rates fell between $2.20 and $2.25 per square foot, making a two-bedroom apartment cost about $3,740 a month. Half the units are corners, and all will have dramatic views from their balconies.

This year, Cumberland could also break ground on a project between the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Great Lakes Science Center. Longer term is a plan for development north of FirstEnergy Stadium.

Said Pace: “Momentum is building.”