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Cleveland Heights Architectural Review Board sets next Top of the Hill summit for Feb. 6

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The city's Architectural Review Board plans to revisit the detailed design phase of the Top of the Hill project at 6 p.m. next Wednesday (Feb. 6).

The meeting, to be held in council chambers at City Hall, was set as developers and architects for the $84 million project last week submitted the latest renderings, which continue to be refined, city officials said earlier.

Those new drawings -- featuring vignettes, aerial views, elevation scales of the four to six stories and at the point of Euclid Heights Boulevard and Cedar Road, a 10-story market-rate luxury apartment building -- are on display in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Libraries.

And following a marathon ABR meeting on Dec. 27 that lasted 3 1/2 hours and attracted about 50 people, city officials plan to change up the format slightly by taking public comments after the oversight panel has conducted its deliberations, rather than before.

At that meeting, representatives from the developer, Flaherty & Collins, as well as Eppstein Uhen Architects, noted that terms such as "contemporary" and "modern" can mean "different things to different people," according to the recently released minutes.

In terms of density, those representatives also noted that they are going with 275 apartments on the city-owned, four-acre site.

Preliminary design plans also call for about 10,000 to 15,000 square feet of retail space and a roughly 550-space, five-story parking garage.

It was unclear from the city's notice posted with the drawings at the local libraries if any formal action was to be taken Wednesday.

Some ABR members had asked Dec. 27 for "due diligence" on the height and elevation issues and more clarity on building materials to be used.

City Council approved the "Planned Development Overlay" district for the Top of the Hill in December, sending the project into its detailed design phase.

Developers hope to get construction of the parking garage started late this year, with completion in the first quarter of 2021, although the absolute deadline set by the city is now the end of 2022.

With the latest renderings posted on the city's website, comments can also be emailed to City Planning Director Richard Wong at

Thomas Jewell

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