Downtown Development | The City of Lakewood, Ohio

Downtown Development

Mixed-Use Development in the Heart of Lakewood


The city of Lakewood has solicited qualifications from interested parties to redevelop the city-owned former Lakewood Hospital site into a vibrant and transformative mixed-use urban neighborhood.

Click here to download the Request for Qualifications.

Round Two of the process is a Request for Proposals, which is posted at the link below. The objective of Round Two of the process is to select a private developer or development team that will develop the Site consistent with the City’s Community Vision and Development Objectives.

Click here to download the Request for Proposals.

This website will be the landing page for communications and updates throughout this process. Please add your voice to the conversation by filling out the form under “Community Discussion”.

Community Update May 10, 2017

The Round Two, Request for Proposals has been shared with the final two teams and is posted at the link above.   The document includes the required contents of the proposals, which are due on June 30, 2017. Stay tuned for more information on the Round Two public meeting!

Community Update May 3, 2017

The citizen-led advisory panel and the City administration conducted interviews with the five shortlisted teams. These teams were reviewed based on the evaluation criteria (consisting of Project Team, Relevant Experience, Approach, and Financials) and qualitative feedback. The Panel and City administration recommended two teams to move forward to Round Two of the process. These teams are:

  • Carnegie Management and Development Corporation
  • CASTO and North Pointe Realty, Inc.

Both teams are well qualified to lead the downtown development. The teams’ experiences display strong relationships with tenants and long-term commitment to projects. The approach laid out by both of these teams shows a valuable understanding of Lakewood as a community.   These teams showed an ability to put together thoughtful and purposeful team structures, exemplified project experience in mixed use development, and showed strong financial and design capabilities.

Round Two will include a more in depth submission including preliminary design concepts, financing strategies, and in-depth market analysis. Round Two will include a joint public meeting with Architectural Board of Review and Planning Commission in late July, when the development teams will be presenting conceptual plans to the community. The objective of this process is to select a the best and most qualified private developer or development team that will develop the Site consistent with the City’s Community Vision and Development Objectives.

Please utilize the “Community Questions & Input” section of this webpage if you have any questions, or would like to share input with the city about this project.

Community Update March 31, 2017

The City and the citizen-led advisory panel have reviewed eight competitive submissions for the nearly six acre development site.  Five of these development teams have been selected to engage in the first round interview. The team responses to the RFQ are provided via links in the bulleted list below. The initial selection step in the process was created to narrow down the list of development teams that matched the development opportunity best. Following the first round interviews, the city and the citizen led advisory panel will select a short list to submit proposals, which will include the first conceptual visions of the full potential of the site. Full details on the process and schedule can be found in the RFQ document by clicking on the link above, and via the links on the right side of this page.

The five teams shortlisted for interviews are listed below in alphabetical order:

Community Update March 23, 2017

The City of Lakewood received eight responses to the Downtown Development RFQ.  The city and the panel are working on their review of the submissions and will announce the shortlisted teams to interview on March 31st.

Community Update March 9, 2017

The City hosted a pre-submission meeting on Feb. 28 for development teams to ask questions about the RFQ process and have time to tour the Curtis Block building and the old wing of the hospital. There were approximately 40 people in attendance.  The meeting presentation given by Bryce Sylvester is provided under “Resources.”

A Request for Proposals to conduct a hazardous materials survey of the hospital building was released on February 24th.  Interested environmental consulting firms toured the building on March 7 and proposals are due on March 24.

Community Update Feb. 16, 2017

On Wednesday, Feb. 15, the city hosted a community meeting at City Hall to discuss the Downtown Development RFQ process and give the community an opportunity to ask questions and provide comments. There were two presentations before the Q&A session with the public.

Photo courtesy of Aerial Agents

  • Schedule+-

    Below is a proposed project schedule intended to be used as a guideline to the process.

    • February 6, 2017: Public Launch of RFQ
    • February 28, 2017: Pre-submission meeting for development teams
    • February 20 & March 6, 2017: Deadline for development teams to submit questions
    • March 17, 2017: Round 1 responses due
    • March 27, 2017: Invite development teams to interview
    • April 18 & 19, 2017: Round 1 interview sessions A & B with panel
    • May 1, 2017: Announce Round 2 short list & send selected teams proposal guidelines
    • June 30, 2017: Round 2 responses due
    • July 18 & 19, 2017: Round 2 interview sessions A & B with panel
    • July 21, 2017: Recommendation from panel to the city
    • July 24, 2017: City & developer due diligence
    • Fall 2017: Recommendation to Lakewood City Council
  • Resources+-

  • Developer Q&A+-

    All questions that development teams may have related to this RFQ must be emailed to City Planner Katelyn Milius at katelyn.milius@lakewoodoh.net. Questions submitted by Feb. 20 will be answered and posted here on or before Feb. 24. Further questions may be submitted until 5 p.m. March 6. This final group of questions will be answered and posted on or before March 10. Any revisions/addendums to the RFQ and answers to submitted questions will be posted here.

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    Will the contents of the “Confidential Financial Information” envelop, i.e. capability to source the capital, financing structure, and supporting documentation be included in the 40-page maximum for submissions?

    An option to keep the financial information in a separate, confidential envelop is provided, but this information will still be included in the Statement of Qualifications’ overall page count (limited to 40 pages).

    Is the City interested in preserving all or part of the old wing of the hospital?

    As stated in the RFQ the City desires the Development Team to:

    • Creatively integrate visionary architecture engaging and complimentary of the character and quality of Lakewood’s building stock, including design characteristics of the original hospital building; and
    • Recognize and restate the historical significance of the site for the community in built form.

    For example, the objectives stated above could include incorporating the rounded corner element that fronts Belle and Detroit somewhere on the site or, incorporating the façade of the old wing of the hospital in full or in part, as determined by the Development Team. The site visit will be important to help each team determine the building’s potential for reuse.

    Do you know if a scoring sheet will be used to rank the different proposals, if so do you know if the ranking sheet will include extra value to those projects that include the adaptive reuse of the old hospital?

    Proposals will be evaluated on how well they meet the Development Objectives listed in the RFQ, in addition to being evaluated on the topics of developer qualifications, approach, schedule, and financing strategy. The evaluation criteria does not specifically score proposals that include the adaptive reuse of the old hospital building differently than those that use other methods to “Recognize and restate the historical significance of the site for the community in built form.”

    Request to review the floor plans of the existing hospital: The plans for the existing Lakewood Hospital building are now provided in the “Resources” drop-down menu.

    Does the City of Lakewood have a topographic survey for the Site?

    A utilities map with the available 2-foot contours from the county is now available under “Resources” — or by clicking here.

    Would you please provide us with clarity on the relevant experience submission requirements?  Are we permitted to include current/previous experience of our design team in addition to our developer experience?  In other words, we would like to include 5 examples of our work and 5 examples from members of our design team.

    In the “Relevant Experience” section, the City would like to see your five best project examples with the requested details, which could include projects from members of your development team.  Project examples can and should be integrated into the “Project Team” section as well.  Highlight your top five in “Relevant Experience.” You may fit elements of other projects into the “Project Team” and “Approach” sections, but your submission must be within the 40-page limit.

  • Community Discussion+-

    Community Questions & Input

    Have a question or comment about the new development? Please fill out this form, and your feedback may be shared below.
    • First and last
    • (This will not be published in the responses below, but we may contact you to confirm your question and/or comment)

    The City plans to respond to each comment and question received via email. Common questions and feedback received are addressed below.

    TRAFFIC & PARKING

    Traffic and parking will be key considerations as the site is going through the approval process.

    Parking will be an important feature to balance on the development site.  One of the Development Objectives in the RFQ states:

    Serve multiple modes of transportation on site, while meeting realistic vehicle parking needs.

    The City will be looking at shared parking solutions to ensure adequate, but not excessive, parking spaces for the downtown district. The Planning Commission will be approving a parking plan for the site, and it will be based on the uses proposed, and the parking demand surrounding the site.

    EVALUATION CRITERIA

    The evaluation criteria that will be used to determine shortlisted teams are based on the submission requirements in the RFQ. The scoring sheets have been posted under the “Resources” drop down list. Scoring will be based on a quantitative and a qualitative review of each submission.

    CURTIS BLOCK AND THE OLD WING OF THE HOSPITAL

    The rehabilitation of the Curtis Block building is a requirement. The RFQ states:

    “As part of the 5.7 acre site, the City will look to the development team to rehabilitate the historic Curtis Block building. The two-story, 9,000 SF building is an original streetcar era building built in 1925. A smaller adjacent commercial building facing Marlowe is also owned by the City and may be demolished, but could be part of the rehabilitation plan. The primary goals for the adaptive reuse of the Curtis Block are to establish the building’s viability for the next 50 years, position the Site to respond to market conditions, and retain the building’s key architectural elements.”

    The parameters set for the old wing of the hospital are stated in the objectives section of the RFQ. The City desires the Development Team to:

    • Creatively integrate visionary architecture engaging and complimentary of the character and quality of Lakewood’s building stock, including design characteristics of the original hospital building; and
    • Recognize and restate the historical significance of the site for the community in built form.

    For example, the objectives stated above could include incorporating the rounded corner element that fronts Belle and Detroit somewhere on the site or, incorporating the façade of the old wing of the hospital in full or in part, as determined by the Development Team.