Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Cleveland CiTiRAMA 2006: 9 New Homes on East 111th Street

Press release from Cleveland City Hall:

Department of Community Development

Joseph Skrabec, City of Cleveland, Community Development
(216) 664-4597
Colleen Horan, Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland
(212) 447-8700

For Immediate Release

City of Cleveland and Home Builders Association
Announce Plans for CiTiRAMA®

Home Builders Association custom built homes in Cleveland's Buckeye neighborhood

September 26, 2006 - The City of Cleveland and the Home Builders Association of Greater Cleveland (HBA) today announced plans for the CiTiRAMA 2006 housing development.

The CiTiRAMA housing development is currently under construction in Cleveland's Buckeye-Woodland Hills neighborhood at East 111th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard, on the former St. Luke's Hospital campus. It is a single-site new home showcase that will feature nine homes on East 111th Street, in close proximity to Shaker Square and RTA's Shaker Rapid lines and Larchmere. The one-week show is scheduled to take place October 7-15, 2006.

Traditionally a suburban home show, the City of Cleveland, Ward 6 Councilwoman Pat Britt, the Buckeye Development Corporation, and the HBA have worked together for the year to create CiTiRAMA 2006 - Buckeye at St. Luke's Pointe.

Cleveland's inaugural CiTiRAMA home show, which featured 12 custom model homes, took place in 2003 in the City's Hough neighborhood along Linwood Avenue, off East 55th Street. The second CiTiRAMA home show was held in Cleveland's Glenville neighborhood on East 100th and East 101st Streets, along East Boulevard and Superior Avenue.

"The purpose of CiTiRAMA is three-fold _ to celebrate Cleveland's vibrant redevelopment, to introduce additional investment and builders to the City, and to educate the home buying public on the myriad of new and exciting housing options available in our great City," said the HBA's Executive Director Nate Coffman.

The nine homes are being constructed simultaneously on East 111th Street. Some of the builders currently build in Cleveland, while others are suburban builders who are expanding their craft to the City. The participating CiTiRAMA 2006 builders include: BR Knez Construction, A.L.L.S., Inc., Blossom Homes, Civic Builders, Horizon Construction, HBA Model Green Home, GE Construction, Urban Investments, and AMES Street, Ltd.

According to CiTiRAMA chairman Bill Hahn, three of the homes will feature "Green Building" the newest in environmentally-sound and energy-efficient building, with two buildings Energy Star certified.

All CiTiRAMA homes will be professionally landscaped and designed.

"Cleveland has maintained its strong first place standing in Cuyahoga County and the region with the issuance of new for-sale residential permits during the first half of 2006," said City of Cleveland Director of Community Development Daryl Rush. "CiTiRAMA 2006 is an opportunity to rediscover urban neighborhood living and make a personal commitment to be part of Cleveland's future."

CiTiRAMA's housing options compliment the housing activity underway at the adjacent St. Luke's Pointe development. Using a coordinated approach to development, the purchasers in each development will belong to a Homeowners Association and share a public green-space. Both projects also have an incredible view of Downtown Cleveland's skyline. Visitors to the CiTiRAMA site will have the opportunity to also view the St. Luke's Pointe model units.

CiTiRAMA sponsors include Grand Sponsor National City Bank, as well as Platinum Sponsors Carrier/Bryant, Sherwin Williams, and Carter Lumber.

For more information, call the City of Cleveland's Department of Community Development at 216/664-2869, the Home Builders Association at 216/447-8700 or visit