Saturday, September 25, 2010

Foster Pointe Affordable Senior Apartment Homes Coming Summer 2010 To Cleveland, Ohio

Here is the buzz on the Foster Pointe (where did that “e” come from?) slab construction built over the dump. The next question is, how affordable is affordable, and what was the cost per unit of this cheaply built senior warehousing facility?

Remember, these days, with enough foam filler and other insulation, even trailers or a box or a van down by the river can technically qualify for the green awards.

FosterPointe Foster Pointe Senior Homes, a 61-unit three story affordable senior development located in the Brooklyn Centre neighborhood on Cleveland’s west side, announced that it will be ready for occupancy mid-summer 2010.  Brooklyn Centre is a walkable neighborhood with a number of parks including the renowned Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Ohio and Erie Canal Towpath Trail. The community’s units boast one and two-bedroom efficient floor plans that connect kitchen and living room areas to create a large, open living space, with all floor plans providing a breakfast bar.  Foster Pointe includes numerous environmentally friendly development features, including upgraded insulation, energy efficient windows, Energy Star appliances and an advanced light package.  Foster Pointe exceeds the Enterprise Green Community Program Standards, a national standard for green and environmentally healthy affordable housing.

“We’ve been incorporating green components for several years and that includes Energy Star certification for many of NRP properties. We are attempting to improve the quality of people’s lives and not charge them extra for it,” says Aaron Pechota, Vice President Development, The NRP Group.

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Foster Pointe Affordable Senior Apartment Homes Coming Summer 2010 To Cleveland, Ohio

Foster Pointe Senior Apartment Homes



The architectural sketcher forgot to put in the air-conditioning units, the meters, and the pipes obtrusively displayed all around the outside of these cheap and nasty units hastily thrown up on lower Denison, on top of where the dump used to be. There was a design review committee convened hastily to wipe this monstrosity off on Denison Avenue and Brooklyn Centre, and I wonder whether they actually approved the thoughtless, tacky design that has all the internal systems externalized. Speaking of externalizations that are truly unfortunate, the exterior lighting is incredibly out of step with the surroundings as well. It would be appropriate for a prison yard, and not much else.

Here is the hastily assembled design review committee for this NRP project. Make sure you call or write them to thank them for their efforts over here, but ask them if they really think this is as much of an affront to the community as we do. It cheapens our efforts here; some of us have been working at it for 30 years or more. To our knowledge, not one of these people lives in Brooklyn Centre or has real property holdings in that area. Reggie Clark has conflicts of interest in that he worked to get paid by bringing the NRP deal to fruition, by hook or by crook, and yet is shameless enough to sit on the committee doing final design approval.

George Cantor   216 664-3807

Committee Members

Carol Schiro, Resident-Graphic Designer (Chair)
Damian Henri, Architect

Abe Bruckman, Planner
Eric Lutzo, Local Business Representative

Reggie Clark, Realtor
John Rakauskas, Architect

Mark Duluk, Architect
Wendy Harbaugh, Architect (Alt)

John Gallagher, Local Business Representative

Foster Pointe Senior Apartment Homes