Scenic Street Open House Celebrates Transformation Of Vacant Lot Into New-Build Lakewood Home
Builder Dana Paul was all smiles on this unseasonably-warm April evening as he unveiled the fruits of his tireless labor – a beautiful, new-build home at 1427 Scenic Street in Lakewood.
Nearly one year to the day after ground broke on this project, LakewoodAlive hosted a Scenic Street Open House on April 27, inviting city leaders and community members to Lakewood’s Scenic Park neighborhood for an exclusive first look at the finished product. Paul, owner of Prairie Stone Group, the company responsible for the project, greeted friends and gave personal tours of the home marking the culmination of a long-held aspiration to give new life to a once-vacant lot.
The 1,425 square foot home features three bedrooms, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a craftsman building style emphasizing handcrafted quality and keen attention to detail. Paul intends to list the home for sale in the coming weeks.
The Open House festivities included tours, refreshments courtesy of Aladdin’s Eatery and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Paul, Lakewood Mayor Michael Summers, and LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews addressed attendees from the property’s front steps.
“It’s a big deal when someone has the confidence to invest in our community,” Mayor Summers said. “It’s an even bigger deal when they commit to building a single house with a new design. We thank you, Dana, for your creative work and your investment in Lakewood.”
With assistance from the City of Lakewood and the Cuyahoga Land Bank, LakewoodAlive had sought to convert this previously-vacant lot in western Lakewood into a new, single-family home. That transformation dream has now been realized.
“LakewoodAlive is thrilled to have played a role in this unique opportunity to inspire a rebirth for this property and to effect positive change within this historic Lakewood neighborhood,” Andrews said. “We’re extremely grateful to our partners and to Dana for their incredible work with reactivating this property.”
The Making of a Housing Dream
In 2015, LakewoodAlive began its Community Engagement Program with a goal of interacting with residents in the Birdtown and Scenic Park neighborhoods to connect them to resources ensuring they live in healthy and safe homes. The nonprofit organization began investigating the lot, which had been vacant and controlled by the Cuyahoga Land Bank for the past three years.
LakewoodAlive worked with the City of Lakewood and the Land Bank to determine if a single-family home could be built on the property. Once the analysis confirmed this feasibility, a request for proposals was sent to dozens of developers. The property was transferred from the Land Bank to LakewoodAlive on January 6, 2016, setting this ambitious project in motion.
Prairie Stone Group was chosen as the developer for the home and took title on March 1, 2016. Excavation commenced April 30, 2016, and LakewoodAlive hosted a Scenic Park House Project Launch Party on May 19, 2016. Since then, Paul’s tremendous efforts have resulted in the remarkable final product that now sits at 1427 Scenic Street.
I am the Marketing & Development Manager for LakewoodAlive. I enjoy all things Lakewood, especially walking my basset hound through Madison Park.