Dana Paul’s Edanola Avenue Housing Project Progressing Nicely

When it comes to the new single-family home rising on Lakewood’s Edanola Avenue, builder Dana Paul is in his element.  Craftsman-style building, after all, is what he knows and loves.

Edanola Avenue Housing Project

Siding is now up on the house at 1383 Edanola Avenue.

“I’ve certainly taken a liking to this style of building,” said Paul as he surveyed the progress surrounding him.  “I’m a tiny-lot builder – that’s what I know how to do.”

Led by Paul, Prairie Stone purchased the land at 1383 Edanola Avenue in 2017 after being selected to build a new home on the property as part of the City of Lakewood’s 21st Century Housing initiative, which promotes housing stock diversity.  The home will incorporate a first level that is ADA accessible thanks to features like a first-floor master suite, wheelchair accessibility and curb-less showers.

Since breaking ground in November, Paul has worked diligently employing his trademark craftsman building style that emphasizes handcrafted quality and keen attention to detail.  His progress has been as steady as a spring rain shower.

Last week Double 5” vinyl siding was installed featuring a unique shade of brownish gray that’s complemented by charcoal-colored siding near the home’s roof.  This milestone follows others in recent months, including the completion of rough wiring and plumbing, the addition of an on-demand hot water tank and the installation of a furnace with corresponding ductwork.

Edanola Avenue Housing Project

Builder Dana Paul shows off the home’s second level.

Next steps on Paul’s to-do list include the installation of insulation and drywall in the coming weeks.

Situated on an irregular lot with easy walkability to numerous amenities, the Edanola home will offer just under 1,800 square feet of living space with four bedrooms and five bathrooms (three full and two half).  It is expected to be completed and listed for sale by this fall.

“The idea is to provide a housing option that’s universally designed, meaning the first floor can be adaptable to the occupants,” said Paul, also a member of the LakewoodAlive Housing Outreach Program’s all-star volunteer group known as the ‘A Team.’  “This home can suit a lot of different family makeups and appeal to a wide range of folks.”

The downstairs level will feature a spacious master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, a separate half-bathroom, hardwood floors and an open-living concept for the kitchen, dining room and living room.  The decision to implement a nine-foot-high ceiling on the first floor is at least in part a product of Paul’s 6-foot-4 height.

The upstairs level will include a “mini-master bedroom” with en-suite bathroom, an additional full bathroom and two more bedrooms, one of which offers a view of Lake Erie in the distance.

LakewoodAlive will provide further updates regarding Paul’s Edanola House Project in the coming months.  For more information, please reference our previous article:

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LakewoodAlive Announces Performers for 2018 Front Porch Concert Series

Popular Live Music Program Returns for 12 Weeks Starting June 22

There will be a dozen opportunities this summer to enjoy free, live music in a welcoming Downtown Lakewood environment.

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series kicks off on June 22. (Alex Belisle Photography)

LakewoodAlive announces the diverse and talented lineup of musical performers for the 2018 Front Porch Concert Series sponsored by Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James.  See the schedule below for weekly performers comprising the popular live music program, which takes place each Friday evening from 7 to 9 p.m. from June 22 through Sept. 7 on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library.

The 2018 edition of the Front Porch Concert Series will offer something for every musical taste.  From folk to rock to jazz, each weekly concert remains family-friendly while delving into diverse musical genres.  Like a crowd-pleasing encore performance, this Lakewood summer tradition is sure to delight its audience.

The concert series kicks off June 22 with the return of crowd favorite Becky Boyd & The Groove Train.  Boyd, a renowned vocalist, and her band offered an exhilarating performance last summer by performing a dynamic set list that spanned blues to jazz to classic rock.

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The 2018 Front Porch Concert Series features live music for 12 consecutive Friday evenings. (Azure Imaging)

The remainder of the schedule features reunions with popular past performers like Ernie Krivda and FireSide, as well as a variety of exciting newcomers to the Front Porch Concert Series.  A children’s concert will be held on August 17, and the 2018 series concludes with a performance on September 7 by The Light Of Day Band, an energetic five-part group known to fill a dance floor.

Now in its ninth year, the popular Front Porch Concert Series adds vibrancy and an enhanced sense of community to Lakewood’s urban core, drawing several thousand attendees annually.  Concert-goers are encouraged to bring family, friends, snacks, blankets and chairs.  In the event of inclement weather, the affected concert will be moved inside Lakewood Public Library.

“We’re thrilled to unveil the performers for our 2018 Front Porch Concert Series,” said Ian Andrews, Executive Director of LakewoodAlive.  “This series has evolved into a major family entertainment option within our downtown district, creating a Lakewood summer tradition that supports our dedicated mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods within our city.”

2018 Front Porch Concert Series Schedule
(All concerts start at 7 p.m. on the front steps of Lakewood Public Library)


6.22.18:           Becky Boyd & The Groove Train
6.29.18:           Lightnin Rod & The Thunderbolts


7.  6. 18:           The Rough & Tumble
7. 13.18:           The Lakewood Music Collective
7.20.18:            Mimi Arden
7.27.18:            Drumplay


8.  3. 18:           The Corner Store Funk Band
8. 10.18:           FireSide
8. 17.18:           Mr. Eric’s Music (children’s concert)
8.24.18:            Ernie Krivda
8. 31.18:          The Chris Vance Quartet


9. 7.18:            The Light Of Day Band

2018 Front Porch Concert Series

The Front Porch Concert Series offers a family-friendly entertainment option. (Alex Belisle Photography)


For more information regarding the 2018 Front Porch Concert Series, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/FrontPorchConcerts.

The Front Porch Concert Series is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Bentley Wealth Management of Raymond James

Encore Sponsors:
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center
The Exchange
Lakewood Public Library
Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council (NOPEC)

Harmony Sponsors:
City of Lakewood
The Lakewood Music Collective
lion and blue

Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018 to Heat Up City on July 14

Much-Anticipated Festival Returns to Downtown Lakewood; Schedule of Events Unveiled

The biggest block party in the neighborhood is poised to heat up Lakewood this summer once again.  Lakewood Summer Meltdown 2018, sponsored by Melt Bar and Grilled and presented by LakewoodAlive, returns to Downtown Lakewood for its ninth year on Saturday, July 14 from 4 to 10 p.m.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown will make a splash on July 14. (The Lakewood Citizen)

The Summer Meltdown represents one of the region’s most highly-anticipated street parties.  A summertime celebration of our city’s vibrancy, this free community event draws nearly 10,000 attendees from across Northeast Ohio to the heart of Lakewood each July.

This fixture on our city’s summer calendar takes place on Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood between Marlowe and Mars.  The Summer Meltdown is a “something for everyone” event, offering seemingly endless recreation and celebration opportunities, including a 5K race, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run, street festival, outdoor activities, games, food vendors, beer garden, live music and more.

Families will love the street festival component, which features vendor tents from 70+ businesses and nonprofits organizations, many of which offer interactive opportunities.  Activities range from the “Water Moose” sprinkler park to exercise demonstrations to a skateboard park.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown

Detroit Avenue in Downtown Lakewood serves as the site of the Lakewood Summer Meltdown. (Cleveland Scene Magazine)

The ever-popular Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center serves as a fundraiser for LakewoodAlive.  This staple of the Summer Meltdown draws hundreds of participants annually, as it features a fast course, chip timing, a t-shirt for participants and prizes for top finishers.  Both this running event and the 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA afford participants a rare opportunity to partake in an evening race.

Local brews available in the Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood will complement dining options from vendors and food trucks.  Live music by crowd-pleasing alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange will delight the crowd as dusk turns to nightfall in beautiful Downtown Lakewood.

Lakewood Summer Meltdown Schedule:
4-7:30 p.m. – Meltdown Street Festival
4 p.m. – Race-day registration begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
5-10 p.m. – Gary K. Bish Memorial Beer Garden sponsored by First Federal Lakewood
6 p.m. – 1 Mile Kids Fun Run sponsored by Lakewood Family YMCA begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Meltdown 5K sponsored by Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center begins at the intersection of Detroit and Belle Avenues
7 p.m. – Live music by alternative rock band Front Porch Lights on the Meltdown Stage sponsored by The Exchange

For more information regarding the Lakewood Summer Meltdown, including sponsorship and vendor applications, please visit LakewoodAlive.org/Meltdown.

The Lakewood Summer Meltdown is generously supported by the following sponsors:

Title Sponsor:
Melt Bar and Grilled

Platinum Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

Gold Medal Sponsors:
Beat Cycles
City of Lakewood
Cuyahoga Community College
The Exchange
First Federal Lakewood

Meltdown 5K Sponsor:
Cleveland Clinic Lakewood Family Health Center

1 Mile Kids Fun Run Sponsor:
Lakewood Family YMCA

Table Sponsor:
Eric Lowrey, Berkshire Hathaway/Lucien Realty

Silver Medal Sponsors:
Jen Hearn Photography
Peace Racing
Lakewood City Schools Community Recreation & Education Department

Bronze Medal Sponsors:
The Lakewood Citizen
Tomorrow’s Leaders (The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Northern Ohio)
Window Universe

LakewoodAlive to Host Day of Festivities in Historic Birdtown on June 16

Birdtown Picnic, Battle of Birdtown Softball Game Highlight Fun-Filled Day

It’s a celebration of all things Birdtown and you’re invited to partake in the fun.

LakewoodAlive Birdtown Picnic

The Birdtown Picnic takes place from noon to 3 p.m. at Madison Park.

LakewoodAlive will host the 4th Annual Birdtown Picnic and 2nd Annual “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game on Saturday, June 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Madison Park.  Sponsored by the City of Lakewood, Citizens Bank and First Federal Lakewood, this free community event is an initiative of LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program.

The fun-filled day kicks off with the “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field in Madison Park.  This friendly, coed game will feature Lakewood community leaders, residents and business owners – including many representing the Historic Birdtown Neighborhood – participating in a seven-inning match-up that pits Team Lark against Team Robin.  Spectators are encouraged to attend and cheer on their favorite players.

Festivities continue with a community picnic from noon to 3 p.m. at the Madison Park Pavilion next to the baseball diamond.  Birdtown residents and fellow community members are invited to visit with their neighbors while enjoying complimentary refreshments and games.  A variety of community resources will be made available to residents in attendance.

LakewoodAlive Battle of Birdtown Softball Game

The “Battle of Birdtown” Softball Game takes place from 10 a.m. to noon at George Usher Field.

Birdtown, a proud, working-class Lakewood neighborhood, is steeped in history and dates to the late 19th century.  The name is believed to have been derived from the various streets within the neighborhood named after indigenous bird species.

“We’re pleased to once again offer a community picnic and softball game in celebration of one of our city’s beloved neighborhoods,” said Allison Urbanek, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Director.  “It’s a prime example of how we are committed to our ongoing mission to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods here in Lakewood.”

Through community outreach and engagement initiatives aimed at residents in low-to-moderate income neighborhoods, LakewoodAlive’s Housing Outreach Community Engagement Program seeks to cultivate a heightened sense of pride and ownership.  To learn more regarding this program, contact LakewoodAlive at 216-521-0655 or visit LakewoodAlive.org/HousingOutreach.

LakewoodAlive Receives 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

LakewoodAlive has been designated as an accredited Main Street America™ program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.  Each year the National Main Street Center and its Coordinating Program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach®.

LakewoodAlive 2018 National Main Street Accreditation

LakewoodAlive’s performance is evaluated annually by Heritage Ohio, which works in partnership with the National Main Street Center to identify the local programs that meet a set of performance standards.  Evaluation criteria determines the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

“We are thrilled to have earned accreditation once again from the National Main Street Center, and thankful to our incredibly dedicated board, volunteers and staff who made this accomplishment possible,” said LakewoodAlive Executive Director Ian Andrews.  “This recognition is a testament to our collaborative efforts to foster and sustain neighborhood vibrancy.”

LakewoodAlive is a community-centered nonprofit organization that seeks to foster and sustain vibrant neighborhoods in Lakewood.  This is achieved through operating the Main Street™ program in Downtown Lakewood, administering a Housing Outreach Program, hosting large-scale community events and pursuing community development initiatives.  For more information regarding LakewoodAlive, please visit LakewoodAlive.org.

Main Street America has been helping revitalize older and historic commercial districts for more than 35 years.  Today it is a network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities, rural and urban, who share both a commitment to place and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.  Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, Inc., a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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