21st Century Housing | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

21st Century Housing

Preparing homes for the city's next 100 years

The City will post project opportunities for home rehabilitation and infill housing as they come available.  If there are no links below, there are no opportunities at this time.

Lakewood’s Community Vision for Housing

  • Encourage new and infill development that enhances, protects, and respects the quality, character, uniqueness, and historic character of our neighborhoods
  • Promote the development affordable housing for low-moderate income families
  • Support a stable housing market; consistent growth in housing values; and a broad range of housing types and opportunities
  • Proactively maintain and improve Lakewood’s high-quality housing stock; support high quality design; and encourage substantive improvements that correct code violations, and sustain homes for their next 100 years

Several projects that are finished or ongoing are described below. 

  • Orchard Grove Rehabilitation Project+-

    For-profit and non-profit developers are encouraged to submit proposals for the renovation of 1612 Orchard Grove.  Through this project, the City of Lakewood seeks a partner to address the below three housing objectives identified in the Community Vision and by the Department of Housing and Urban Development:

    • Promote the development of affordable housing for low-moderate income and special needs households
    • Provide a variety of housing types that meet the needs of the whole community including seniors, low-moderate income families, and special needs households
    • Improve the health and well-being of low-income people by transforming the quality of affordable housing through Enterprise Green Community or similar standards

    There is a mandatory walk through at the property at 9:00 AM on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.  Submissions are due no later than 4:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

    Click here for the RFQ.

  • Edanola New Build Project+-

    Earlier this year, a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) was published to build a single-family home on a vacant city-owned parcel on Edanola Avenue.  The RFQ’s objective was to partner with a developer to construct a new single family property while advancing the Community Vision through innovative design and addressing one or more of the following design features:

    • The inclusion of a first floor master suite;
    • Innovative energy efficiency (e.g. LEED Accreditation);
    • Smart-home technology; or
    • Storm water management landscape features or technologies.

    We received four great submissions and selected two teams to interview.  Through the interview process we selected Prairie Stone Group, LLC led by Dana Paul.  Dana’s thoughtful proposed design included energy efficiency, a first floor master suite, a rain garden, and an interior layout and design that focuses on ADA accessibility.  He recently completed the construction of a new home on Scenic Drive.

    We expect Prairie Stone to begin the boards and commissions process this summer, and to begin construction by the end of 2017.

  • Plover Avenue New Build Projects+-


    Affordable Units

    The Birdtown Infill Project is underway!  Last year the City partnered with Payne and Payne Builders Inc. to develop four single family homes in the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood.  The project will be completed in two phases.

    Phase 1: Two affordable single family homes are being constructed at the corner of Plover and Robin.  Both units will be available this fall for purchase by low and moderate income buyers through the Lakewood First Time Homebuyer’s Program.  Information on the HOME Program is available here.

    Birdtown Infill Streetscape

    Phase 2:  Coming Soon!  This phase is still under development and will include two detached market rate homes.  Interested buyers should contact Howard Hanna for additional information.

  • Dowd Avenue Rehabilitation Project+-

    2147 Dowd


    The renovation of 2147 Dowd Avenue is one of several strategic investments the City of Lakewood has made in the historic Birdtown neighborhood.  Completed in 2016, this home combines the best of energy efficiency, modern amenities and classic Lakewood charm.  The addition of solar power will save current and future occupants around $15,000 in savings on their electric bill over the next 20 years.