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Snavely Group and Dimit Architects are working together on the renovation of the historic Forest City Savings & Trust Building and Seymour Block which are located on the corner of W25th St. and Detroit Avenue in Cleveland’s thriving Ohio City neighborhood.

The two connected buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places and will undergo substantial renovation to support mixed uses.  The project was recently awarded 9% Low Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) by the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) along with State and Federal Historic Tax Credits. The upper floors will contain 38 affordable apartment units with a focus on sustainable design and renewable energy. The project was designed using “Enterprise Green Communities +20” criteria and will set the standard for sustainable and green rehabilitation in the City of Cleveland.  

The apartments feature several amenities for residents including new operable windows, on-site gated parking, rooftop patio, fitness and business center, gardening boxes, playground, LED lighting and Energy Star appliances. The project will also use a roof top and canopy solar array which will offset up to 75% of the total energy consumed by the apartments annually.  

The ground floor of the project will be anchored by two commercial tenants. The Ohio City Galley will occupy 7,500 SF on the ground floor of the Forest City Savings & Trust building. This Pittsburgh based restaurant incubator will feature four unique food concepts in one space with a large common bar and outdoor patio.  The ground floor of the Seymour Block is currently under construction and will open in Spring 2018 as “The Beauty Shoppe”, a 9,000 SF co-working and event space featuring a small bar, work lounge, private conference rooms and dozens of offices and desks.  The two spaces are connected internally and will provide a unique working and culinary experience. 

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