Snavely Group – The Quarter

Snavely Group picSnavely Group’s Quarter project is leading redevelopment efforts in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
By Jim Harris

In the past 20 years, Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood – located just west of the city’s downtown and the Cuyahoga River – has seen a great deal of positive change. One of the city’s oldest neighborhoods, Ohio City today is home to more than 9,000 residents and more than 250 businesses, including many of Cleveland’s trendiest restaurants.

Even amid the new development, however, the intersection of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue in Ohio City remained mostly underutilized. “This was an inactive part of the neighborhood with lots of potential,” says Zoe Adams, marketing director for developer The Snavely Group.

The Snavely Group in 2014 began an effort to transform the northwest and southwest corners of the intersection. “We are performing the largest development this neighborhood has seen since its revival,” Adams says. “We are making a big change on this corner that will lead to a lot of other redevelopment.”

Building The Quarter

Snavely Building Co., the developer’s construction division, started work on the $60 million redevelopment, dubbed The Quarter, in October 2016. Snavely Group is developing the project in conjunction with local developers Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Co. and the Orlean Co.

The northwest corner of the intersection will house a new five-story building that will include 194 market-rate apartments and 30,000 square feet of commercial space. Snavely Building Co. is performing interior finishes on the building, which is slated for completion in June, Vice President of Project Management Greg Osborne says.

The 290,000-square-foot building features a concrete podium on its bottom two floors, topped with a wood-framed structure. One of the project’s suppliers, 84 Lumber, provided panelized wood framing, which Osborne says has saved the contractor a significant amount of time compared to conventional stick-in-place wood framing.

The building’s exterior includes a blend of brick, limestone and metal panels. The building’s first-floor lobby also includes a HOPE steel-framed window system.

The top four floors will include studio as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments. First floor commercial tenants will include a music school, a locally sourced grocery store and other retail tenants.

Building amenities will include one level of temperature-controlled underground parking, a luxury hotel-style pool, a full-service gym and an indoor dog washing station.

Historic Rehabilitation

The southwest corner of the intersection of West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue will also see new life. The corner has long housed the historic Forest City Bank building, which will be rehabilitated and redeveloped. Snavely Group quarter box

The three-story bank building, built in 1903, will house 38 affordable apartments as well as office and commercial uses on its ground floor, including a new restaurant. Work is now underway on the ground floor, which Osborne says will be completed this August. Work on the upper two residential floors is slated for completion in Fall 2019.

The wood and steel structure of the bank building, as well as its masonry exterior, will be preserved. The building will include a fitness center, Adams notes.

The Quarter project site will also include connections to a regional multipurpose trail that connects to Edgewater Beach in Cleveland in one direction and Cuyahoga Valley National Park in another direction. Snavely Group is also developing a new neighborhood pocket park on the east edge of the new building site, she adds.

Working Together

Snavely Group is working with several Cleveland-based subcontractors to complete the Quarter project. “We work with the majority of these companies regularly and have strong relationships with them,” Osborne says. “We brought in the plumbing and HVAC contractors early on to help us with design and make sure we were going down the right path and sticking to our budget.”

The general contractor is working closely with the City of Cleveland on site logistics. “We’re working on a tight site, but we’ve been able to maintain the proper amount of traffic lanes and transitions,” he adds. “We’re making sure traffic is flowing and not disrupting our work.”

A Vision Realized

Adams credits the vision for the Quarter project to Snavely Group President Pete Snavely Jr., who she says extensively researched and visited similar urban revitalization projects in other cities for inspiration. “We are proud to bring something to the neighborhood that no one here has done to this scale,” she says.

Snavely Group’s fully integrated construction and development capabilities make it an ideal fit for the Quarter project. “Our development side has the vision and capabilities to put a deal together, and as the design develops, our construction side is able to make it a reality from a financial and constructability standpoint,” Osborne says.

The construction side of the company applies its knowledge to projects developed in-house as well as by others. “We are able to look at an owner’s numbers and see if there is a more cost-effective way to build a project,” he adds.

Founded in 1950, Snavely Group today has a portfolio of projects including hotels, multi-family housing, retail, office and commercial properties.

“Our approach is based on open communication, a free exchange of ideas, detailed feasibility analysis, responsiveness and agile decision making,” the company says. “We not only embrace new and emerging technology trends in the construction industry, but also rely on the same relationship-building principles of trust, quality, commitment and hard work that have always guided our company.”

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