Photo By Mike DeRosa

Construction of “The Edge at Cleveland State University” project lies on Euclid Avenue entering Playhouse Square.

 

September 21, 2016

New apartment building near
campus to open summer 2017

By Mike Derosa

Last spring, construction for “The Edge at Cleveland State University,” began on the corner of East 18th St. and Euclid Avenue Developed by the Claycorp Realty Group (CRG), and Koman, a government contracting group.

The project consists of a new 262,000 square foot, 11-story student housing center.
According to www.claycorp.com, “the 11-story residential building unites three parcels along the full block of East 18th Street between Prospect Avenue and Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

The building is organized about the perimeter of the site, creating a private outdoor amenity courtyard.”
The website also indicates that the exterior of the building has been selected “to re-introduce the urban scale and architectural vocabulary of the neighboring Playhouse Square arts district.”

The housing center will consist of 240 suites and a secure 163 car parking garage.
Anna Flores, the regional manager of Peak Campus, one of the nation’s leading student housing providers, and the regional manager of the overall project, said in an email interview, “While our apartments are designed with students in mind, we will lease to any individual that qualifies.”

Flores also said that the rates for each apartment start at $799, which include water, sewer, trash, pest control, cable TV and internet.

Each apartment, Flores noted, will have features such as, “a stylish furniture package, washer and dryer in each apartment, flat-screen TVs in the living room, spacious closets, private bathrooms, granite countertops, upgraded appliance packages, have key card access to individual units, and are pet friendly.”

“There will also be additional amenities, which include a penthouse gaming lounge with views of Downtown Cleveland, our resident zone with flat-screen TVs, our state-of-the-art fitness center, our tech lounge with Mac computers, private study rooms, our seating lounge with fire pit, and outdoor grilling stations,” Flores said.

Students around campus say that while $799 is a bit expensive, it’s pretty reasonable compared to some of the other apartment complexes around the downtown area.
“Compared to other apartments down here, the price you’re paying for rent and utilities, isn’t bad at all,” said Wes Hall, a freshman who works for the dorms at Cleveland State, “Even the Langston apartments don’t come with flat screen TVs and they charge you around $1,000.”

Lawrence Nguyen, a junior at Cleveland State, said, “Given the amenities, I think the price seems pretty fair.”

“It’s pretty cheap compared to other places and so long as the price doesn’t go over $900, I think it will make people want to live near campus more,” said Nguygen.

Ernest Yarbrough, vice president of Student Affairs for Cleveland State, said in an email interview, “While it will not be owned or operated by CSU, I believe the proximity to campus will be appealing to some students who want to live near campus.”

“I do believe that this new property contributes greatly to the appeal of CSU and the desire for students to live near campus,” Yarbrough said.

“This will help CSU continue to make our campus have a more residential feel and enhance the vibrancy of the campus.”

Yarbrough also said that “the starting price of $799 per month is obviously a premium, but will be appealing to some students as it includes upscale finishes such as granite countertops.”

According to Flores, the construction will be complete by the summer 2017.



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