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:
- Take photos at the Cleveland script sign, with the city skyline behind you
- Play kickball or volleyball in a spring or summer league
- Take free yoga classes with North Coast Namaste on summer Tuesday evenings
- Meet up with the Ship Shape running group on Thursday evenings
- Go for a ride on the Goodtime III cruise ship
- Eat at Nuevo Modern Mexican
“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.”